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Salisbury Community Comes Together to Support Fire Victim


SALISBURY, Md.- It was two weeks ago that an early morning house fire in Salisbury claimed the lives of William and Mary Holbrook. Not only did the fire leave the couple's 18-year-old daughter without parents, she also lost her belongings. Those are the things that can be replaced. And with the help of a tight-knit community, Monica Holbrook is slowly getting back on her feet.

Thursday, construction workers tore at the roof the Holbrook family lived under for years. Inside, workers shovel up charred debris. It is a home filled with memories, in a neighborhood deeply affected by the tragic fire that claimed the lives of two of their own.

"Everybody was good friends with the family," said neighbor Wayne Jenkins. "Everybody talked to them, said hi."

WBOC met with an emotional Monica Holbrook, the daughter of the victims, shortly after the fire, as she tried to come to terms with the tragedy. Her neighbors say it has been difficult, but with the support of a community behind her, she is pulling through.

"She's hanging in there," explained Jenkins. "I mean, everybody's helping her when they can and if she needs it. Of course she's going to be in a hurtful stage right now, because of her parents, but she's hanging in there."

"Monica is strong," added neighbor Tanisha Gaines, who considers Monica a close friend. "She's doing very well."

Gaines set up a fund in honor of the Holbrook's memory through M & T Bank to help Monica. She said the response so far has been great.

"People have donated, people have just been there together," she said.

 Asked what else her friend needs, Gaines responded, "Just everybody's prayers."

If you would like to help Monica, contributions can be made to:

Holbrook Family Benefit Fund
C/O M&T Bank
155 E Carroll Street
Salisbury, MD 21801

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