An family of five — two parents and three children — managed to safely get out of their Lillooet Street home before the structure was lost to a fire, says deputy fire chief Pete Bizarro.
Just before 1:30 p.m. on July 14 the fire department was called to Lillooet Street and on arrival crews found flames already breaking through the roof.
“Unfortunately the property was a total loss,” he said. “We were unable to make any entrance. It was all defensive.”
The family cat unfortunately did not make it out of the house, said Bizarro.
Fire crews had to fight the fire against a fairly strong wind, and had to deal with a down power line in front of the home in addition to the large amount of smoke.
He said there is a possibility the fire began in the kitchen however the investigation didn’t officially begin until today and noted it was too early to make any conclusions.
There was no structure damage to nearby homes — this home is attached to another by a garage — but neighbours did experience smoke damage.
Meanwhile the community has rallied quickly behind the family.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for the family and it is averaging $88 raised per hour since it opened.
On Facebook there are a number of activities being promoted. A bottle drive is being held on Saturday. Amber Duff said on a Kitimat Buy and Sell Facebook page that she’ll pick up bottles on Saturday or they can be dropped off at 20 Widgeon Street any time. Text Amber at 778-818-0711 ahead of time.
People are also welcome to bring donations of household items, clothing and other things to Two Dye for Decor.
Lynn’s Hair Flair is organizing a donation day as well. On Sunday, July 20 people can get their hair cut or styled and all the proceeds go towards the family.