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Jan 17, 2016 1:26 PM

Acworth community raising funds to help couple who lost home, pets in fire

ACWORTH — The community is rallying to help two people who lost their mobile home, most of their possessions and several pets to a fire on Friday night.

Louis Elliot owned and lived in the mobile home on Beryl Mountain Road with his girlfriend. He returned from a shopping trip Friday to find his home in flames, according to the Union Leader.

“The house was engulfed before we even got the phone call,” Fire Chief Steven Morris said.

Four hunting dogs in a kennel outside survived, but three other dogs and a cat inside the mobile home, died.

Elliot has lived in town more than 10 years and works at the Balla Sawmill in town, Morris said.

The community has immediately rallied around the couple, setting up a GoFundMe page to help them, Morris said. In less than 24 hours, the page had raised more than $1,300.

“The community's been calling me, asking what they can use ... what they need. We're impressed by how the town is coming together,” Morris said.

The fire is not suspicious, but the state Fire Marshal's Office has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire. The mobile home was heated with oil so it was not a woodstove fire, Morris said.

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