Community pulls together for house fire pair
THE people of Stalbridge have pulled together to raise more than £550 for two local residents who lost their homes to fire earlier this month.
The semi-detached homes of Malcolm Inston and 80-year-old Cis Goddard on Vale Road were destroyed by a blaze which broke out on the morning of Monday 15th July.
Neighbour Sheila Brooks said she felt compelled to help, and launched a fundraising campaign for Mr Inston and Mrs Goddard.
She has praised the generosity of Stalbridge residents, who made donations to the collection boxes she set up in Ring Street Filling station, Dikes & Son, Stalbridge Post Office, Else Butchers and Candy's newsagent.
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"I have known Cis for 45 years. I don't really know Malcolm but I just wanted to help them - they were left with little more than the clothes they were stood in," she said.
"Local people have been extremely generous. Cis really didn't want anyone to make a fuss but we know she would have been the first to do the same for anyone else.
"The speed with which the fire took hold has stunned us all. Smoke was pouring from the top of the roof before Cis got to the end of the road. There was just nothing left of the backs of their homes - nobody could do anything."
Around 30 firefighters attended the blaze and neighbouring residents were evacuated from their homes when police set up a 100-metre cordon after a gas pipe ruptured.