Community rallies after Leicester home fire

THE CHARRED SHELL of the Nicklaw home off Route 7 in Leicester stands quiet and empty after it was destroyed by fire on March 21. The community has rallied around the family with fundraisers and other support.  Photo by Colleen Wright

LEICESTER — It’s a house we drive by every day, right on Route 7 in Leicester just north of the Brandon town line. And on a fateful Tuesday night, March 21, it went up in flames. Everyone got out safely, but everything those who lived there is gone.

The family of Rick and Bonnie Nicklaw was left homeless, and now the community is rallying to help.

Already, a GoFundMe campaign on Facebook has raised nearly $7,000 toward a total goal of $20,000. See the campaign online at

There are donation boxes around Brandon and Leicester, and a “meal train” has been organized to help provide food for the Nicklaws.

Anyone who would like to donate or volunteer to help can seek out Colleen Wright on Facebook or email her directly at [email protected] for more information. 

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