Community supports Caldwell County teacher who lost her home in fire

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. — A Caldwell County community is coming together to help a teacher who lost nearly everything in a fire on the first day of school.

Kim Harding, a fifth grade teacher at Dudley Shoals Elementary in Granite Falls, was on the playground with her students this past Monday when she got a call from a neighbor saying her home was ablaze. She rushed home to find much of her home destroyed.

After the fire, Chopper 9 Skyzoom flew over the log home that was first built in the 1930s.

People across the area and from the Dudley Shoals school community have donated to help Harding and her husband since the fire.

Harding showed Channel 9′s Dave Faherty the clothing, sheets and food offered to them after the loss of their home.

Dozens of people have offered to help by dropping off items to the school.

“People we don’t even know have been stopping by to make sure we are OK and see what we needed,” Harding said. “It’s been a huge blessing, the outpouring of love.”

Investigators are still working to find out the cause of the fire that appeared to start in the front of the home. No one was hurt, but the family’s dog died in the blaze.

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