Grimsby man loses pros­thetic legs in blaze

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - ALEXAN­DRA HECK

GRIMSBY — There were 60 missed calls on his phone that af­ter­noon.

Brad Eg­gink was in a meet­ing all day when the fire be­gan. The res­i­dent of the up­per-floor apart­ment in down­town Grimsby had no clue what was go­ing on at his home.

“I could see the smoke from the of­fices in Brant­ford,” said Eg­gink, who works as a na­tional clas­si­fi­ca­tion man­ager for Hol­stein Canada.

He says the first per­son he spoke to was his mom, who told him about the fire.

“My first ques­tion was, ‘Are the girls out?’” he said, con­cerned about his two dogs, Lana and Gra­cie. Both were taken out of his apart­ment be­fore the fire spread on July 6. Pic­tures on­line looked as though his cor­ner of the build­ing would be spared, but when he ar­rived, the fire had com­pletely en­gulfed two down­town build­ings.

“It was just a bad day,” said Eg­gink, who lost all of his be­long­ings; his fam­ily keep­sakes, me­men­toes from trav­el­ling the world, “ev­ery­thing is gone.”

Eg­gink has found a new apart­ment in Dun­das and re­or­ga­nized his life. But he’s run into a hang-up with the in­surance com­pany.

The for­mer cat­tle farmer was in a car ac­ci­dent years ago that left him with an am­pu­tated leg. Three of his pros­thetic legs were lost in the July fire. The in­surance com­pany isn’t cov­er­ing those legs, which cost around $65,000.

One is a swim­ming leg, which is made of solid fi­bre­glass and al­lows him to get in and out of the wa­ter safely at a beach.

The sec­ond is an ath­letic leg, for hik­ing and walk­ing. The third was a spare model of his reg­u­lar-use pros­thetic.

Friend An­gela Les­lie cre­ated a GoFundMe page to and raise money to re­place the pros­thet­ics. So far, it has raised more than $680.

“I do a lot of hik­ing and walk­ing,” said Eg­gink, who is putting pri­or­ity on re­plac­ing the ath­letic leg first.

Brad Eg­gink’s in­surance won’t pay for his legs.

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