$14,000 raised for Fonthill family left homeless by fire

51 Woodside Square, seen through a protective fence. VOICE PHOTO



An online GoFundMe campaign has raised $14,000 in five days for a Fonthill family left homeless two days before Christmas.

On December 23, fire engulfed the home of Destiny Locking and her husband Denis Guillemette, at 51 Woodside Square in south Fonthill.

Pelham Fire Chief Bob Lymburner said that the department received the call at 8:20 in the evening, with firefighters staying on scene until after one in the morning, before again returning the next day.

Destiny Locking, Denis Guillemette, and their son, Hunter. GOFUNDME

The fire was not suspicious, and a structural engineer has deemed the building unsafe,” said Lymburner, who added that the department will not be investigating a cause.

There’s not a whole lot to be gained from having people inside of the structure. It’s in the hands of the insurance now.”

Locking, Guillemette, and their son, Hunter, were not in the house at the time of the fire, but their two dogs were, and both were lost.

No one was hurt, so that’s a good thing,” said Lymburner. “But it’s still very unfortunate that this sort of thing happens. It’s hard at any time of the year, and even worse right now.”

The GoFundMe page may be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/lockingguillemette-fire-fund

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