Family escapes three alarm fire

FIRE: | Family overwhelmed by outpouring of help after losing all of their belongings in a devastating Beaver Creek fire on Friday night.

A Beaver Creek mobile home caught fire just before midnight on Aug. 14.

Three Alberni Valley fire departments responded to a devastating house fire in Beaver Creek just before midnight on Friday, Aug. 14.

“It was a mobile home with a small addition on it,” said Beaver Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Staratt.

“My deputy Chief actually lives just around the corner and it was fully involved when he got on scene.

“It appears that it started outside on the deck but we don’t have a determined cause.”

Nobody was hurt in the fire, said Staratt.

“Nobody was hurt, none of the firefighters were hurt.”

A family of three were living in the home and the father and baby were already outside.

“The baby wouldn’t sleep so dad had the baby out in the car for a drive and mom was in the shower. She came out, saw the house on fire and escaped,” said Staratt.

The house was completely destroyed.

“There was nothing left of the home and there was nothing left of the contents,” said Staratt.

Beaver Creek was joined by the Port Alberni Fire Department and the Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department due to their automatic mutual aid agreement.

Staratt said that 23 firefighters and four trucks were on scene to battle the blaze.

“The fire was extinguished by 1 a.m. and they were doing mop up after that,” said Staratt.

“The crew was on scene till 7:30 a.m. putting out hot spots.”

As soon as the fire was out, the donations started pouring in, said Lynne Love.

Kodie Love, Lynne’s son, Christine Donaldson and their eight-month-old baby Kirby have been overwhelmed with donations and offers of help.

“It’s been absolutely overwhelming with the generosity of this community,” said Lynne.

Furniture, clothing and gift card donations are the majority of what the family has received.

“A couch, tables, chairs, a bed, clothes, they’ve got so many clothes and shoes,” said Lynne.

“When they pay it forward it’s going to be amazing. In this community there’s so much love it absolutely humbles you.”

While the family is currently overwhelmed with sorting through donations and getting lives back together, anyone wishing to help can call Lynne at 250-724-5695 or email at puplove@shaw.ca.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

twitter.com/alberninews

Just Posted

Offroad racing happening at Alberni Motorsports Park July 21–22

Last mud truck event until September on the Port Alberni track

Lease agreement signed for Port Alberni oil spill response base

25-year lease agreement is part of a larger expansion plan

Cherry Creek sets water restrictions for summer 2018

Stage One water restrictions are in effect immediately

EDITORIAL: Rezoning would unravel red tape for business in Port Alberni

Harbour Quay is traditionally for tourist and marine-based businesses…

Satellite visitors’ centre opens in Port Alberni Train Station

Chamber of commerce, McLean Mill will share staffing duties in new centre

VIDEO: Sproat Lake hosts annual regatta

2018 Alberni Valley event featured two days of boat racing action

Owner of fruit stand recounts ‘flames popping up everywhere’ from B.C. wildfire

The Mount Eneas wildfire is burning at about 200 hectares south of Peachland

Owner of B.C. fruit stand recounts ‘flames popping up everywhere’ from wildfire

The Mount Eneas wildfire is burning at about 200 hectares south of Peachland

Ontario, Saskatchewan premiers join together to oppose federal carbon plan

Saskatchewan is already involved in a court case over the tax

For-profit ridesharing legislation long overdue: BC Conservatives

Interim party leader Scott Anderson said the provincial government should step out of the way

After cave rescue, soccer boys pray for protection at Thai temple

On Wednesday evening, the boys and coach were released from hospital

Gymnastics sex abuse victims join hands, accept courage award at ESPYs

The women who spoke out against the abuse by Larry Nassar stood together Wednesday night

Wildfires erupt in B.C. Okanagan forcing evacuation orders and a highway closure

Check out a list of up-to-date information on blazes happening within the Kamloops Wildfire Centre.

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read