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Community reaches out after deadly Bedford fire

Union Leader Correspondent

September 07. 2012 7:16PM
Debris remains after Thursday's fire at Perry Hill Farm in Bedford that killed 14 of the farm's horses. (Kathy Remillard/Union Leader Correspondent)

BEDFORD - From neighbors to strangers, many in the community are reaching out to Harriet Finks, owner of Perry Hill Farm, whose horses were killed in a barn fire Thursday morning.

Kevin Bragg, who helps Finks with gardening on the property, said a fund has been established at TD Bank for people who want to make a donation.

Many people are already helping in other ways.

Bragg said local businesses have refused payment for necessary barn supplies such as horse leads and other items, and one business donated a feeding bowl because it was identical to the one used by the farm's mascot, Miss Colby, a pig that, along with eight horses, was rescued from the fire.

'She's a pig, she's pretty particular,' Bragg said.

A man stopped by the farm with bags of food from Panera Bread Co., for those helping out at the site, which hadn't yet been cleared by the state Fire Marshal as of Friday afternoon.

The outpouring of support from the community has been continual and is appreciated by Finks and her family, Bragg said.

'That's the story right there,' he said.

According to Fire Chief Scott Wiggin, the cause of the fire is still undetermined, and the fourteen horses that were killed in the fire were removed Friday.

Wiggin said Finks was insured for the loss of the 10,000-square-foot barn, which was described as a total loss.

According to town records, the barn was valued at $167,400 in 2008.

The surviving eight horses were in a nearby paddock on the property, and Wiggin said there have been offers to the Finks to provide shelter for them if necessary.

'They'll have proper shelter,' Wiggin said.

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