INDUSTRY — As a local family mourns the loss of a husband, father, son, grandfather and relative, community members strive to help them rebuild their lives.
Ryan Hallman, 46, died early Friday in a fire at the family home at 14 Moes Cove Road in Industry. His wife, Heather, and two of their children who lived there, Autumn, 16, and Kody, 10, were able to escape from the burning building.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Heather, Autumn and Kody are staying with her mother in Farmington, Heather’s sister Heidi Sillanpaa of the industry said Wednesday.
Two eldest daughters, Haylee, 24, and her two children, Brantley, 3, and Kylie, 2, also from the industry, and Shantel, 22, from Livermore Falls live in their own residences, he said. she stated.
A dog, Tonka, and three cats perished in the fire. They are buried in the family property. One cat survived.
“Heather wants to rebuild there,” Sillanpaa said. “That’s where Ryan really is.”
Heather and Ryan had been married for 23 years and had been together for 25, Sillanpaa said.
“I think family was the most important thing to (Ryan),” she said. “We are a very close-knit family.”
Her brother-in-law will be remembered for a variety of characteristics, including his love of family, Sillanpaa said.
“He will be remembered for his laughter. He had an infectious laugh,” she said. “He had a piercing whistle that he loved to do.”
Ryan had worked in maintenance, lawn care and landscaping. He also helped his father, Bob Hallman, work at American Legion Post 28 in Farmington.
Heather is secretary to Dr. Jacqueline Caldwell at Farmington Family Practice.
Sillanpaa has created a gofundme page, https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-the-hallmans, for the family. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, $13,474 had been raised. Direct donations can be mailed to Heather Hallman at PO 83, Farmington, ME 04938.
The Shining Star non-profit group has planned a spaghetti family benefit dinner from 5-7 p.m. on September 10 at Industry City Hall. A take-out option will be available. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds will be used to help the family. A $15 donation is being promoted, according to organizer Kevin Frost’s Facebook page. They are also looking for new items to auction.
Jay’s tax rate will remain the same as last year