It was just last Saturday evening that an Esquimalt family lost everything when their apartment went up in flames.
They escaped with the clothes on their backs, and little else.
Since then, the community response has been overwhelming.
Bara Ideis holds her daughter Jwana, as her boys, Omar and Ayham play.
A light moment for the family in the aftermath of an apartment fire.
Saturday night, flames burst through the window of the master bedroom.
Their entire second storey apartment filling with smoke.
“What’s happened because here there is no electric, no oven.
CHEK News broadcast their story earlier this week.
And the community responded, including a fundraiser headed by Juan Ramirez, husband of Esquimalt Councillor Olga Liberchuk.
“I’m a refugee myself.
I came to Canada 14 years ago.
When I heard their story on CHEK News, it really touched me because it could have been us.
And wouldn’t it be wonderful if the community came together and help us if that happened to us.”
The same Esquimalt firefighters who fought the fire, are now helping the family re-build with a donation of 15 hundred dollars.
Chris Buie says they are happy to help.
“We have an established Esquimalt firefighters charitable foundation, through it we are permitted to help fire victims.”
The family was also helped by Esquimalt’s Church of the Nazarene.
Pastor Barry Goodwin says the community response is fantastic.
“The response from the community is amazing.
And even from United States there have been people wanting to help.”
The family left Jordan for Canada 18 months ago to start a new life.
A rough start, but Ideis says they are grateful for the help.
“Thank-you very much for everything.
Anything will help us.
If you would like to help, just go to the CHEK News website, and click on “links”.