A family and their cat escaped a house fire Saturday night in Maple Bay. (Andre Foksowicz photo)

Cowichan Valley neighbours mobilize to help family after Saturday fire

The family of three and their cat made it out safely.

Fire tore through a family home near Redcap and Grandview Streets in Maple Bay Saturday night.

Kristin and Ryan Pierce and their eight-year-old son had just gone to bed after setting up their Christmas tree when crackling in the attic woke them up. The family of three and their cat made it out safely.

Martin Drakeley, North Cowichan’s manager of fire and bylaw, said about 20 members from the Maple Bay and South End Halls worked on the fire for roughly two hours.

“It originally came in as a possible chimney fire and by the time the crews arrive a good portion of the roof was on fire,” he said. “Everybody was evacuated, there were no injuries.”

The investigation into where the fire started continues.

“We’re going to assume the chimney but at this point we’re not sure,” Drakeley confirmed.

While fire crews were dousing the flames, neighbours throughout the Maple Bay community were already mobilizing to help.

Isbaelle Latremouille Maheu has organized a burger and beer night at the Lion Rampant Scottish Pub all day Dec. 7. For $25, you’ll get a burger and a beer and all the proceeds will go to the Pierce family. The pub has also offered to collect donations for the family.

“Christmas is a few weeks away and her family has nothing and nowhere to live. Every donation, no matter how large or small, will help to bring some stability into this wonderful family’s world,” wrote Maheu on a GoFundme page.

Kathy Marven has donated two baskets full of handmade, homemade preserves for silent auction on the Pierce Family fundraising day at the pub and other donations are pouring in as well, much to the overwhelming disbelief of Kristin Pierce, who wrote a message on Facebook that Meheu shared on The GoFundMe page.

“Wow….it hasn’t even been 24 hours and the outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming and so appreciated. In a time of stress and turmoil, the love and kindness of people is what can pull us through,” she wrote. “Thank you to all who have reached out in supportive words, and to those who generously gave, so that our son would not go without. Thank you to the Maple Bay community. We had no idea when we moved to the area 1.5 years ago that we would be part of such a great family. We are forever grateful.”

To donate to the GoFundme page visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/hh26h-pierce-family)



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Alberni vet heading to Africa with Veterinarians Without Borders

Dr. Roberta Templeton and her vet husband will help dairy farmers in Uganda

B.C.-born hockey official talks to IIHF about switching European rule book to NHL rules

Rob Shick will represent NHL at 4th World Hockey Forum in Russia

Campbell River mom’s iPhone containing priceless photos stolen from Victoria hospital parkade

The phone contained photos, heartbeat recordings of her late son

Helping with Christmas bird count is ‘citizen science’

Port Alberni’s bird count will be Dec. 28, 2019; volunteers are needed

BUDGET 2020: Port Alberni Fire Department needs new equipment

Police services ask for funding for community policing office

VIDEO: SNL skewers Trudeau’s mockery of Trump in high school cafeteria sketch

The three world leaders won’t let Trump sit at the cool kids’ table

B.C. universities post $340 million worth of surpluses thanks to international student tuition

Students call for spending as international enrolment produces huge surpluses at many universities

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

Morneau says the first thing the Liberals plan to do is bring in their promised tax cut for the middle class

INFOGRAPHIC: How much money did your local university or college make last year?

B.C. university and colleges posted a combined $340 million surplus in 2018/19

B.C. creates $8.5M organization to improve safety for health care workers

Group will bring together unions, province, health care organizations

Kovrig clings to humour as ‘two Michaels’ near one year in Chinese prison

Their detention is widely viewed as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Chinese high-tech scion Meng Wanzhou

B.C. VIEWS: An engine that hums right along

First Nations are leading a new surge of investment in B.C.

Brain injury from domestic abuse a ‘public health crisis,’ says B.C. researcher

Nearly 80% of the domestic violence victims who reported to police last year were women

Most Read