NEWBERG, Ore. (KOIN) — Larry Hailey spent three decades of his life in law enforcement. He’s spent the past 20 years helping foster teenage boys. Now, Hailey needs his community’s help. A fire destroyed Hailey’s home of 40 years this past Thursday, the same home where Hailey’s four foster teens were living.
“The important thing is all the guys are safe and they’re adapting,” Hailey told KOIN 6 News.
Everyone escaped the fire without getting hurt. He said he believes the fire began when wind picked up a hot ember from a fire pit in the back yard and set the all-wood house ablaze.
Now Hailey is trying to figure out how to afford rebuilding the home. His homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover nearly what he thought it would, he said, He didn’t plan on asking for help, and that’s why his family stepped in.
“He’s a humble guy,” Larry Hailey’s son, Chad Hailey, told KOIN 6.”Having to see him in a position where he’s not providing help for somebody else — he’s asking for it — it’s difficult for him.”
There’s now a crowdfunding site for donations to help rebuild the home.
Larry Hailey, a retired Yamhill County sheriff’s deputy and a former police officer in Newberg, said it’s humbling to see all of the support.
“To me, it’s a temporary set back, one we’ll be able to overcome and rebuild in a better way,” Hailey said.