Long time coach's home destroyed by fire, community rallies in support

Community rallies around long time coach after fire destroys home


Long time North Charleston resident Clay Hampton says he's lucky to be alive after a fire destroyed his home late Sunday.
Hampton described hearing a loud boom, before making his way out of the Dover Street home, fully engulfed in flames.
"It's just a joy to know that somebody called me and said Clay, you alright," he said.
Over the weekend, members of the community rallied around 71-year-old, many of whom are former players of the Charleston Hawks, a semi-pro football team he founded in the late 1970's.
"He's been here for 33 years coaching football without the help of any municipalities, any businesses," said longtime friend and coach Tony Lewis.
Along with the loss of his home and truck, the fire also destroyed many of the Hawks' football jerseys and equipment, in addition to prized memorabilia Hampton collected over the years.
"Everything I lost, I'm going to work and get it back" he said.
Friends and family have set up the Clay Hampton fund at Wells Fargo, for those looking to offer support.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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