Man who lost kids in fire 25 years ago donates to family displaced by fire

A Franklin County businessman has been accepting donations for a family that lost everything in a recent fire.

Daniel Hanks, owner of Daniel’s Auto Glass in the Bassett area, heard about a family who lost everything in a fire through Facebook and immediately wanted to help.

In 1992, Hanks lost a 2-year-old son and a 9-month-old daughter in a mobile home fire.

“My wife at the time had stepped outside just briefly and the house engulfed and she couldn’t get back in,” Hanks said. “I was at work in Martinsville at the time when I got the call. I rushed home and by the time I got home there was nothing left.”

When Hanks said he heard a local family was displaced, he wrote them a check for $1,000 and started accepting donations for them at his business.

Kelsey Forren, RJ Allen and Allen’s 7-year-old son were not home when their house caught fire on

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