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Hants County rallies to assist Martock family who lost everything in a fire

Firefighters deemed the cause of this house fire on Windsor Back Road to be accidental.
Firefighters deemed the cause of this house fire on Windsor Back Road to be accidental. - Contributed
MARTOCK, N.S. —

Hants County is known for its generosity and the community didn’t disappoint after a devastating house fire occurred in Martock last week.

Windsor-West Hants Caremongers, a group created in 2020 to help those in need, immediately began collecting clothing and donations for the family of seven displaced by fire.

Leslie Porter, who founded the local group as the first wave of COVID-19 arrived in the province, said donations to help the family arrived fast and furious. A little more than $700 in cash and $500 in grocery cards were donated.

The support has been “phenomenal, as it has been for any of our families,” she said in an online interview.

“The overwhelming support and generosity of our community is heart-warming and so gratefully appreciated by all our families, individuals in need.”

A cheesecake fundraiser was also held that brought in $620.

In addition to the financial support, Porter noted there were three truckloads of clothing donated that the family are looking through.

“We have secured a small space to store larger items that may come along,” Porter added.

On Jan. 15, a fire tore through a bungalow located along the Windsor Back Road. No one was home at the time, except for the family’s four dogs. The family of seven is now staying with relatives. Two dogs died in the fire; the others were saved by firefighters and rushed to the vet. Porter said, “one unfortunately did not come around well and she passed on Monday.”

Porter said the family needs a few days to process what has happened and she will alert the Caremongers group if there’s anything else that may be required.

A Go Fund Me campaign has been started to further help the family. A goal of $10,000 has been set. As of Jan. 21, they were nearing $1,000.

“There are four school-aged children and a 19-year-old, as well as both parents. In addition, Stephen, the father, was injured in late November and unable to work so they were already struggling,” the Go Fund Me page reads. “Please give what you can to help support them get back on their feet.”

The Go Fund Me page is located at https://gofund.me/26205cbb.

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