A Comox Valley family who were moving to the area from Alberta is now looking for a new home and belongings after an early morning fire destroyed the family’s trailer north of Courtney.
Around 6 a.m. Tuesday (April 4), the Courtney Fire Department was notified of a structural fire in the 3600 block of Burns Road, Fire Department Deputy Chief George Segler explained.
Two engines, along with a water tanker and 16 crew members responded to the fire. Upon arrival, Seigler noted, the building was belching smoke as it was engulfed in the fire about three-quarters of the way through.
A father and his two sons escaped with their cat through the rear window of their trailer, which was destroyed.
Segler said the fire appears to have started on the outside of the building, but they are still investigating the exact source.
A GoFundMe campaign has started raising $20,000 for the family. As of Wednesday (April 5), over $14,000 has been donated.
Fundraisers point out that insurance covers only a fraction of the cost of a 40-foot trailer and home overhaul. According to the post, the family is trying to start a new life on Vancouver Island.
In addition to losing homes, belongings including clothes, glasses, furniture, electrical appliances and souvenirs were also lost in the fire.
Funds raised will be used to replace essentials, secure temporary housing while families work to find permanent housing and buy clothing, groceries and other essentials.
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