Beacon Hill Fire Benefit

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

February 16th started out like any other day for Sam Henwood, until she watched everything she's worked for literally go up in flames.
"I look and there's smoke coming out of my wall and it was at that point that I got my dog, I got Spazz and I said, let's get out of there and I wasn't out of there five minutes and my bedroom wall exploded in flames," says Henwood.
There were no injuries, but Henwood, along with about half the residents of the 48-unit Beacon Hill apartment building in Cherry Valley, lost everything they had that day. Now community members are pulling together to help them get back on their feet.
"One of our regular customers and one of our bouncers had a little bit of water damage to his apartment from Beacon Hills and we just decided to throw a benefit for the people who lost everything in their apartment," says 10th Inning Manager Tracy Tallman.
Sunday night, the 10th Inning Bar and Grill hosted an event including food and live music by the Stevee Nix Band. More than fifty local businesses donated items for a raffle and a silent auction. All proceeds will be divided among the victims of the Beacon Hill Fire.
Says Henwood, "I feel completely humbled that as bad as things were that day, a month later, to know all the wonderful people I have in my life who are willing to go out of their way so that maybe I can move out of my mom's house, that's cool!"

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