A hermit whose cabin burned down after 27 years squatting within the property has mentioned he’s overwhelmed by fundraising efforts and affords of locations to stay.
“I really feel about nearly as good as I ever have in my life,” mentioned David Lidstone – identified by locals in Canterbury, New Hampshire as “River Dave”.
The 81-year-old added: “I stay down there within the woods as a result of I like being alone, being away from individuals, so this publicity is just not something that I am used to in any respect.”
Mr Lidstone lived on a solitary existence by the Merrimack River within the northeastern US state.
He was jailed final month after refusing to go away the cabin, however was advised he can be launched if he agreed to vacate as a result of the property proprietor needed him off the land.
However a fireplace destroyed Mr Lidstone’s cabin on Wednesday, hours after he defended himself at courtroom, and he was launched by a choose the subsequent day.
The state’s hearth marshal’s workplace is investigating the fireplace.
Jodie Gedeon, who has been advocating for Mr Lidstone, mentioned there have been discussions about organising a belief for him.
There have additionally been at the least 20 affords to relocate him to a different plot of land, in areas starting from California to Maine, she mentioned.
“So, it is actually as much as David now,” she added.
“David, choose the place you need to stay, and we are going to get you arrange earlier than winter.”
Mr Lidstone, who has been staying with associates, mentioned he had tried to return to his dwelling to gather possessions however was advised he needed to go to the police first.
“The primary factor I needed out of the entire thing was my Bible,” he mentioned.
“Hopefully, Canterbury police took it dwelling… I had the keys to camp and the camp’s simply ashes. So I’ve the keys to God’s coronary heart, and that is all I bought.”
The wooded space Mr Lidstone lived in is on 73 acres which have been used for timber harvests.
He mentioned a previous proprietor gave his phrase years in the past that he might stay there – however he had nothing in writing.
There are at present no plans to develop the property.
“It appears to me like now I’ll by no means set foot on that piece of land once more,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, he needs to have the ability to show he was proper and has mentioned he needs to get a surveyor on the property.
One other listening to is scheduled for Wednesday.