New Milford musician loses songs products in apartment hearth

NEW MILFORD — “A full loss” is how resident Dean Snellback describes final week’s hearth hurt to his Railroad Street condominium.

“I possibly have a $45,000 reduction,” claimed Snellback, a neighborhood musician who said he estimates dropping about $20,000 worth of tunes gear in the hearth.

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

The hearth, which commenced all over 9 p.m. Sept. 1, took spot in a 4-condominium creating at the intersection of Bank and Railroad streets, Fireplace Marshal Kevin Reynolds claimed the morning just after the blaze.

“Just about every little thing was influenced from the fire,” Reynolds extra on Tuesday.

Snellback wasn’t dwelling at the time of the fire.

“I was likely by way of city and I noticed that a good friend of mine was actively playing tunes at an additional position in city, so I pulled over and went in and was obtaining a beer,” Snellback claimed. “A fifty percent-hour afterwards, there is hearth trucks screaming by and somebody came in and stated there is a there’s a hearth correct down the street on Railroad Road. I questioned him, ‘which making?’ and that sounded like mine. I ran down and it was my apartment that was on fire.”

Snellback stated the fireplace begun in his audio office where by he experienced been doing the job all working day.

“I also experienced my cable modem and router there and printers and I experienced a few of … really, quite great energy strips with surge protectors,” he stated.

Snellback is lead singer and guitarist in the BluesyLand Band. He reported his finest loss is all his musical devices.

“I possibly have $20,000 really worth of audio gear that I use regularly for my living — guitars and recording equipment, PA systems and amplifiers,” he said.

His daughter made a fundraising page to help her father, which can be accessed by checking out .

In just a few days of its generation, the web site raised extra than $16,000 from 130 donations.

‘Outpouring of compassion’

Snellback, who was a hearing professional in Danbury and Southbury, retired to return to music complete time.

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

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

Snellback, who moved into the condominium in July right after living in Newtown for 30 yrs, was explained to it will consider about a few months just before he can move again in.

“It’s received to be totally gutted and restored. And I truly like the condominium and I like the landlords and I like the place,” he said. “I hadn’t but gotten my renter’s insurance policy, so everything is a loss.”

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 nevertheless have their residences — they stated, ‘Look, you know, my young children are not listed here. We acquired space,’” explained Snellback, who is 69.

Snellback has done at many venues due to the fact the fire and as a result of term of mouth, many musicians have heard what happened and have donated instruments to him.

“I’m portion of a large network of musicians and the outpouring of compassion has been profound. That night (of the fire), I performed at the White Silo Farm & Vineyard in Sherman and I experienced 8 to 10 men present up with guitars and gear,” he said. “I experienced a guy display up with a $4,000 guitar. He insisted that I continue to keep it as long as I require it. I employed it once again final evening and it is the most remarkable instrument I’ve at any time performed.”

On the evening of the fire, Snellback mentioned his friends Stacy and Jeff Murphy, who took him in, stood outside the house his constructing with him for 3 hours.

“Then they introduced me into their residence and (Stacy Murphy) opened up donations in her cafe. Persons have been bringing outfits and anyone donated a pc and a tv,” he claimed. “Their cafe, (Cafe 1840 in New Milford), has just been spearheading this entire community exertion.”

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

She said 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 critical documents — every thing is gone.” Gocklin reported.

She stated one of the few merchandise that was salvageable was a flag he received from her grandfather’s funeral.

Snellback claimed he never ever would have imagined something like that can occur.

“It felt safe and protected and I under no circumstances, in a million yrs, imagined about a hearth,” he said.

He mentioned he hopes to remain in New Milford.

“The men and women in New Milford, the outpouring, the neighborhood, the town, have just been amazing,” he explained. “I’ve just been putting one particular foot in front of the other, just making an attempt to get by way of the reality of it.”

On Wednesday, a reward concert for Snellback will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Housatonic River Brewing, 30 Kent Road in New Milford. Yet another advantage live performance is established for Sept. 25 at Sticks and Stones Farm, 197 Huntingtown Street, Newtown.

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