New Milford musician loses songs products in apartment fireplace

NEW MILFORD — “A overall loss” is how resident Dean Snellback describes last week’s fireplace damage to his Railroad Street condominium.

“I likely have a $45,000 decline,” said Snellback, a neighborhood musician who stated he estimates losing about $20,000 really worth of audio devices in the fireplace.

“My daughter was with me (the other night time), digging by means of the rubble,” he said. “We tried using to see if there was just about anything that was salvageable.”

The fire, which started all-around 9 p.m. Sept. 1, took put in a 4-apartment building at the intersection of Lender and Railroad streets, Fire Marshal Kevin Reynolds mentioned the early morning immediately after the blaze.

“Just about all the things was influenced from the fireplace,” Reynolds additional on Tuesday.

Snellback was not property at the time of the fire.

“I was likely by town and I observed that a buddy of mine was enjoying songs at a further area in town, so I pulled about and went in and was acquiring a beer,” Snellback stated. “A half-hour later on, there’s fireplace vans screaming by and any individual arrived in and stated there’s a there is a fire appropriate down the road on Railroad Street. I asked him, ‘which constructing?’ and that sounded like mine. I ran down and it was my apartment that was on fireplace.”

Snellback claimed the hearth commenced in his songs place of work where by he had been working all working day.

“I also had my cable modem and router there and printers and I experienced a couple of … really, incredibly great ability strips with surge protectors,” he claimed.

Snellback is direct singer and guitarist in the BluesyLand Band. He mentioned his best loss is all his musical instruments.

“I probably have $20,000 well worth of music equipment that I use consistently for my residing — guitars and recording products, PA techniques and amplifiers,” he mentioned.

His daughter created a fundraising webpage to assistance her father, which can be accessed by visiting little bit.ly/3cTCzrF .

Within a few days of its development, the page raised far more than $16,000 from 130 donations.

‘Outpouring of compassion’

Snellback, who was a listening to specialist in Danbury and Southbury, retired to return to tunes total time.

“Then COVID took place and I shed all my performances. I’m now operating entire-time as a solo singer-songwriter with my band,” Snellback explained.

“Anyone who hires me is welcome to let me sing for my supper,” he added.

Snellback, who moved into the condominium in July just after living in Newtown for 30 many years, was told it will consider about three months ahead of he can move back in.

“It’s got to be totally gutted and restored. And I truly like the condominium and I like the landlords and I like the locale,” he reported. “I hadn’t however gotten my renter’s insurance coverage, so every little thing is a decline.”

He grew to become emotional when speaking of the generosity he has obtained.

“People who are in my age team who now are vacant-nesters but they nonetheless have their residences — they mentioned, ‘Look, you know, my young children are not listed here. We bought place,’” explained Snellback, who is 69.

Snellback has performed at several venues given that the fireplace and by term of mouth, quite a few musicians have read what took place and have donated devices to him.

“I’m part of a huge community of musicians and the outpouring of compassion has been profound. That evening (of the fire), I performed at the White Silo Farm & Vineyard in Sherman and I had 8 to 10 men show up with guitars and tools,” he mentioned. “I had a man present up with a $4,000 guitar. He insisted that I keep it as lengthy as I require it. I utilized it all over again last night and it’s the most amazing instrument I have at any time performed.”

On the night time of the fire, Snellback said his good friends Stacy and Jeff Murphy, who took him in, stood outside the house his making with him for 3 several hours.

“Then they introduced me into their household and (Stacy Murphy) opened up donations in her cafe. Persons have been bringing garments and any individual donated a computer system and a television,” he reported. “Their cafe, (Cafe 1840 in New Milford), has just been spearheading this full neighborhood hard work.”

Snellback’s daughter, Leigh Gocklin, who lives in New Jersey, mentioned her father “was just commencing to get settled in and get his stuff arranged — and then this took place.”

She mentioned her father’s “entire life” was in that condominium.

“He’s a lifelong of new music equipment collector, all of our spouse and children pics, all his significant files — every little thing is long gone.” Gocklin stated.

She said a single of the number of products that was salvageable was a flag he received from her grandfather’s funeral.

Snellback said he hardly ever would have imagined everything like that can take place.

“It felt protected and protected and I hardly ever, in a million several years, assumed about a hearth,” he stated.

He explained he hopes to keep in New Milford.

“The persons in New Milford, the outpouring, the group, the town, have just been remarkable,” he said. “I’ve just been placing a person foot in entrance of the other, just hoping to get by way of the reality of it.”

On Wednesday, a advantage live performance for Snellback will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Housatonic River Brewing, 30 Kent Street in New Milford. A different benefit concert is set for Sept. 25 at Sticks and Stones Farm, 197 Huntingtown Highway, Newtown.

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