Dec 20, 2014 12:59 PM

Firefighter, volunteers rebuilding New Hampton home lost to fire

NEW HAMPTON - A generous firefighter and dozens of other volunteers are working to rebuild a home for a family of 12 in New Hampton.

A chimney fire caused heavy damage at the home on Kelley Pond Road about three weeks ago. The home has major smoke and water damage. The family's belongings were ruined, including Christmas presents.

The Bachelor family did not have insurance.

Laconia firefighter Steve Hanser wanted to help. He and about 40 other volunteers are rebuilding the home for free. Local businesses have donated money and supplies to get the job done.

NH1 News spoke to Hanser on Friday.

"Our ultimate goal would be to get the kids back in by Christmas. That was our driving force. We met some obstacles on the way because of fire damage and structure problems, but we are well on our way. We hope to start sheet-rocking and insulating [Saturday] and with any luck we'll have it done by Wednesday. But, we'll see," said Hanser.

The Common Man in Ashland and the Diner in New Hampton are donating 50 percent of their profits, through December 24, to help finish the project.


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