Ladysmith woman fundraises for sister, family left homeless by Chemainus fire

A Ladysmith woman is raising money for family members left homeless after a devastating fire on Stz’uminus First Nation land near Chemainus on Monday.

Sam Rozell’s older sister Amanda, brother-in-law, two adult nephews and niece as well as the woman’s boyfriend were all living in the two-storey home.

“They didn’t have house insurance so they’re going to need to start from scratch,” Rozell told the Chronicle on Wednesday. “They’re going to have to live with another family member for the time being until they figure out how to get the funds to find another home.”

A total of 17 firefighters from Chemainus, Crofton and Ladysmith all responded to the scene on Waynes Road shortly after the call went out at approximately 11:20 a.m. on Monday.

RELATED: Massive Monday morning house fire destroys Chemainus home

The fire had fully engulfed the home even before crews arrived on scene.

“The whole top floor was on fire,” said Chemainus Fire Chief Al Irwin. “All the top windows had fire coming through it.”

Five of the occupants of the home were inside at the time and all managed to escape without injury along with the dog.

The family is currently staying at a motel in Chemainus and Rozell said her sister is still very emotional when discussing the incident.

“The are still in shock and disbelief,” she said. “My nephew went back there yesterday and brushed through the outer perimeter and was able to salvage a birth certificate, his wallet, just a couple of minor things.”

Stz’uminus First Nation has provided the family with three meals a day until Friday and have also paid for the room at the motel.

A meeting was set to take place on Wednesday to see how the band might provide further assistance going forward.

In the mean time, Rozell has set up a fundraising page where people can donate: https://www.gofundme.com/amanda-gibson-house-fire-recovery

The family is planning to move in with an uncle near the site of their home while they make plans on how to move forward.

“My sister was talking about wanting to try and afford a used mobile home so hopefully once the debris is all clean they can possibly have something small in because they don’t want to move far away,” she said.

Several bags of clothes have already been donated but anyone else interested donating essentials can contact Rozell at 250-245-8638.

Just Posted

Man, 50, dies following incident in downtown Parksville

Teenage girl hailed as hero for intervening after witnessing situation unfold

Disturbing youth sexual, criminal trends in Greater Victoria

Family counsellors see unprecedented rise in youth sexual assaults and exploitation of children

Russell Books marks opening of new location by setting Guinness World Record

Store stacks world record books more than six metres high

Putting some real teeth into the kindness of strangers

Otter Point Dental donation fills cavity left by toothless government policy

Editorial: Full ban on backyard burning a must

Bad air quality season is here thanks to lack of government backbone

VIDEO: Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist stereotypes

Disney’s disclaimer is a good way to begin discussion about the larger issue of racism

Senior dies after suffering medical emergency and crashing vehicle in Nanoose Bay

Bystanders performed CPR while waiting for first responders

Study shows a lot of misunderstanding about dementia

You can lower your risk, but maybe not in the ways you’ve heard

How the US betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster

Massive concrete nuclear waste container at risk of collapsing

Area director concerned about status of barge ahead of expected windy conditions

Uncertainty of Nana Provider’s hull condition adding to unease

New case of vaping-related illness in Quebec brings national total to 8

Quebec health minister considering tightening the rules around vaping products

Greens to vote against Liberal throne speech unless carbon targets toughened: May

Green leader Elizabeth May and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Friday, discussing common ground

`Sleeping giant’ New Mexico poised to be outdoor go-to spot

By Susan Montoya Bryan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Quiet streams… Continue reading

REVIEW: Shakespearean tragedy shines at the Phoenix

UVic theatre crew hits the right notes with Othello, writes Sheila Martindale

Most Read