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Fundraiser planned for Windsor fire victims

Union Leader Correspondent

January 23. 2018 10:11PM
A fundraiser to support the victims of Windsor house fire earlier this month is planned to take place at the American Legion Young & Richardson Post 59 on Saturday. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)

HILLSBOROUGH - A fundraiser to support the victims of a Windsor house fire earlier this month will take place at The American Legion Young & Richardson Post 59 on Saturday.

Brian and Neilette Pereira lost everything to a Jan. 7 fire that burned their home to the ground, according to Ron Houghton of Windsor.

The fire occurred during this month's cold snap.

Hillsborough Deputy Fire Chief Scott Murdough said the house was fully involved when firefighters arrived late that night.

The husband and wife were not hurt, nor were any firefighters, but the couple was displaced by the fire, Murdough said, adding Brian Pereira was downstairs and had to call upstairs to his wife to warn her about the fire. To avoid the flames she had to jump out the second-floor window, Murdough said.

The Hillsborough Fire Department covers the small town of Windsor. Firefighters from Hillsborough responded to 566 Windsor Road on Jan. 6 at 11:17 p.m. for a report that the two-story farmhouse was fully involved in fire. Soon after arriving on scene, two walls of the house collapsed and the house was mostly on the ground.

Around noon the following day a Hillsborough firefighter was still on the scene monitoring the smoldering remains. Tankers had to be called back to the scene for flames which were being fanned by strong winds and which were burning the ice covered charred remains. An excavator had to be brought in to finally extinguish that fire.

Houghton, who is commander of Post 59, has organized the Saturday event to help the couple.

The event will feature live music from the Beechwood Band. There will also be raffles.There will be a $10 donation at the door and $1 drafts.

"All proceeds to assist Pereira family as they recover from this devastating loss," according to Houghton.

The fundraiser will be held at The American Legion Post at 538 W. Main St. in Hillsborough from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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