Alberni family finally finds housing after devastating fire

A family of four whose trailer was gutted by an early morning fire last week is safe, situated and thankful.

A family of four whose trailer was gutted by an early morning fire last week is safe, situated and thankful.

Darlene and Barry Manson awoke to one of their two sons saying there was a fire outside his window. The blaze spread quickly, consuming the family’s Lugrin Road trailer.

They didn’t have insurance, lost nearly everything and were staying with family.

But what a difference a week makes.

“Things have been hectic but they are definitely looking good,” Darlene Manson said.

The family was having trouble finding a rental to accommodate them and their two small dogs.

But a chance conversation Darlene had at work with someone turned into shelter.

“I knew her from before and when she came in we talked about our situation,” Manson said.

“She turned out to have a rental and we just secured it today.”

The family moves in on July 17 and are already looking at furniture.

Some items from the trailer were salvageable and Manson is still trying to wash the smoke smell out of the family’s clothes.

But they’ve received enough donations that a fresh start is within reach.

“I think we’re going to make out just fine,” Manson said.

The events of that morning are fresh in the family’s mind but mom is philosophical about it.

“It happened, it sucks but we were fortunate enough to get out,” Manson said.

“Maybe our old place wasn’t meant to be – maybe there’s something waiting around the corner for us.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

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