Hinkle fire fundraiser Sunday, 06.20.10!
WAYNE CO.—The Floral Hall at the Wayne County Fairgrounds was the scene last Sunday, 06.20.10, for a fundraiser held for the county sheriff, Jim Hinkle, a week after his rural home burned to the ground.
Organizers worked to create enough pulled pork sandwiches, potatoes, corn on the cob and more, enough to feed the many people who flocked to the place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There were also more desserts than could even be placed on the dessert table, as there was a call for folks to bring in a dessert to make the event even more sweet…and they responded en masse.
Hinkle said his home, which had been in his family for years as a kind of getaway lodge at a lake south of the Elm River area but had recently been completely remodeled, was likely the victim of a lightning strike, this according to a fire investigator from the state fire marshal’s office. The lightning was reported in the area, according to a weather report showing the many strikes, the night before around 9 p.m., when a storm blew through the region.
Investigators believe the strike may have created an electrical malfunction in a wall of the house, which subsequently caused the fire.
Hinkle said most of the house collapsed into the basement as it burned. He noted that his teenage stepdaughter was in the house that night and heard a loud pop about the time the lightning was going on. She told him later she got scared and left, going to her boyfriend’s house in town to stay, as Hinkle and his wife, Tammy, were in Effingham helping Hinkle’s son with his new restaurant. Therefore the house was fortunately empty when the blaze took hold.
Hinkle lost a lot of antiques and collectibles in the fire.
In the complete devastation of the house, Hinkle and his family lost everything. They are staying at an outbuilding on the property that wasn’t damaged; it was previously used as a kind of game room. However, they had nothing to take there—no clothing, bedding, towels, shoes, or other personal items. They had literally the clothes on their backs. Therefore, the fundraiser was held, and quickly, to help raise cash money so the Hinkles could have even the basics as they begin to put their lives back together.
More photos, as well as information, coming up on the fire and how the Hinkles are doing in the next issue of Disclosure, on stands 07.14.10!
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