A pot of artificial flowers sits outside the charred remains of the Glidden home on Railroad Avenue in Epping. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)
Epping family looks to rebound after fire destroys house
“We need to figure out how to get a roof over our heads,” said Leo Glidden, whose family lost everything when fire tore through their Railroad Avenue home on the night of Jan. 19.
The family spent the first few nights at the Hampton Inn in Exeter thanks to help from the Red Cross. The family has since moved to the Pondside Motel in Epping after receiving assistance from the town.
In the meantime, the family is waiting to hear back from its insurance company and is hopeful it will help cover the cost of their temporary shelter.
A fund has been established to help the Gliddens recover from the fire. People wishing to donate can make checks payable to the Glidden Family Fire Fund and drop them off at the TD Bank in Epping. They can also be mailed to the bank at 16 Fresh River Road, Epping, N.H., 03042.
The fire broke out around 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in the kitchen area. Glidden said the blaze was caused by a chimney fire.
“We’ve lived in the same place for 40 years and we’re trying to transition. That’s basically the hardest part,” he said.
Kristen Glidden said she’s been impressed with the way her son has handled the fire’s aftermath.