A Truro Big Issue vendor has thanked locals for helping him get back on his feet after he lost all of his possessions in a wildfire earlier this month.
Steve Corbett was on his pitch outside Wilko in Truro city centre on August 6 when his customers alerted him to a fire in nearby Boscawen Park where he had been staying with pet Border Collie Blueberry.
The fire, which raged for seven hours before being put out by firefighters, burned three acres of woodland.
The 48-year-old ran down to his sleeping spot to find it cordoned off while firefighters battled the blaze and he discovered that his belongings had been lost to the flames.
“The first thing I thought was: “Damn, where are we going to stay?” because it’s your home, isn’t it?” Corbett told the Big Issue. “It’s sort of like when someone has a house fire and more than likely they are going to lose things like photographs and personal things that can’t be replaced or they’re attached to. Homeless people don’t tend to have that sort of thing.
“It did bother me at the time but not as much as it would somebody else. It happened around lunchtime and I did think: “Imagine if this had happened at night time when we were in the tent?”