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Community Rallying Behind Hebron Couple After House Fire

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Hebron home destroyed Wednesday (Photo: WBOC) Hebron home destroyed Wednesday (Photo: WBOC)
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HEBRON, Md.- A Hebron man said his wood stove exploded on Wednesday afternoon, causing a fire to quickly spread through his home on Opal Circle destroying his house.  Now, his community, including the American Legion in Hebron, is stepping up to help out in his time of need.

Dave Forbes was able to escape his home on Wednesday afternoon with his life. Fortunately, his wife was not home at the time of the fire. 

"We got a wood stove here and where the flu went through the ceiling sort of exploded and spread the sparks everywhere all over the attic area," Forbes told WBOC on Friday.   "And I was sitting over in the corner when it happened and I immediately shut the stove down, the vents on it, and come right out and called 9-1-1. But when them sparks hit that attic, they went from one end of the building to the other instantly almost."

What remains is a shell of a home that is missing a roof with everything burned to a crisp.  Forbes, a Navy veteran, and his wife were sifting through the remains on Friday trying to determine if anything was salvageable.  Forbes and his wife will be staying at a hotel for the next few days.  He is also a member of the American Legion in Hebron and other Legion members are jumping at the chance to help out.

Ed Hatfield is a legion member and the area manager at Capital Tristate in Salisbury.  Hatfield said he has started to collect items like clothes, furniture, and kitchenware at the Salisbury location.  Hatfield added that donations to the Forbes' can be stored at Capital Tristate.

"I've been in the area for five years and he is just one of those guys who is really inviting and brings you in as part of the legion and the Eastern Shore," Hatfield said Friday.

Forbes was blown away by the generosity of his community and said he is not leaving any time soon.

"Oh no, I'm going to stay right here.  They're going to bulldoze it and build me a new house.  So, it's just going to take time, that's all."

Capital Tristate will be accepting donations for the Forbes family at the Salisbury location on Westwood Drive until Fed. 15.  A donation website has also been set up which you can visit here.

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