Fund will help Brentwood couple rebuild
James and Susan Maguire comfort each other as smoke billows from their duplex Monday afternoon. The fire began after the shooting incident that claimed the life of Brentwood Officer Steve Arkell. (HUNTER MCGEE/Union Leader Correspondent)
“It’s very painful,” said Lorraine Maguire, Jim’s sister-in-law. “They never had children, so they had to depend on each other. They so valued their personal items. Their home was basically their castle.”
Michael Nolan was killed in the explosion. The Maguires were not home at the time of incident.
However, all of their items were destroyed and their two cats died in the blaze. Lorraine Maguire recently started a fund to help the couple rebuild their lives.
Sue and Jim Maguire were homebodies, explained Lorraine Maguire. The pair spent significant amounts of time hanging around and improving their Brentwood duplex. While many of their friends would go out throughout the week — Sue and Jim truly enjoyed spending time together in their home, she said.
The couple did have homeowners’ insurance. Lorraine Maguire said, but she hopes the fund will help the couple as they start the rebuilding process.
Donations can be made to the Maguire Fire Donation Fund at any People’s United Bank location. Checks must be made payable to the “Maguire Fire Donation Fund”.
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