Neighbors pitch in to help man who lost home, 18 dogs in fire

Posted: Wednesday, December 27, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Richard Hall's Goldstream neighbors were annoyed by the noise and smell of his large dog yard, but when he lost 18 dogs and his cabin in a fire they reached out.

''Everybody was concerned so I said, 'Well, let's put up a jar,''' said Vicki Nickerson, who owns the Goldstream General Store across the street from Hall's roughly 75-acre property.

Nickerson brought Hall two boxes of food, a bag of Carhartts and more than $400 in donations Saturday.

''I know you may think that they're all against you because you have all of these dogs, but they're not,'' Nickerson told Hall.

Hall, 57, has a couple hundred dogs.

Neighbors started pitching in the day after the November fire. Hall has received items including headlamps, water jugs, a Taco Bell dinner, checks for $100 and a quilt from the Cabin Fever Quilter's Guild.

The Golden Valley Electric Association brought him a pallet of dog food.

''It's been amazing,'' Hall said of the community's generosity.



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