Kevan Kurn is known as the hometown hero at Kuppy’s Diner in Middletown, but now the community is coming together to be his hero.
A photo of the Navy veteran hangs proudly outside the diner, and his picture is on a donation jar raising money after Kurn’s home in Hummelstown was severely damaged in a fire on Wednesday.
“He is completely without a house and lost everything,” said Rachel Buggy, a cook at the diner.
Kurn was awakened by his dog and found flames taking over the upstairs of his home. The cause has not yet been determined, but he believes the fire started because a space heater was left on in an upstairs bathroom.
Kurn has been working on the home for years. It’s one of the oldest in town.
“Every room we went through was just demolished, all of his work,” Buggy said.
“You get to know people that come in here. They become friends,” Kuppy’s Diner co-owner Carol Kupp said. “They start off as customers and a lot of times become friends, and you learn about their family and life and they become extended family.”
Customers already are stepping up, leaving what they can in the donation jar. Someone dropped off a bed and food for the dog that saved Kurn’s life.
“We always feel like we pick up the pieces and try and help whoever to get them back on their feet or do whatever we can do, whether it’s small or large,” Kupp said.