A Nanaimo couple has lost their home to an early Monday morning inferno, but are crediting their dogs for saving their lives in the blaze.
The fire broke out just south of Nanaimo in Yellowpoint at about 5:30 a.m. Flames roared through the mobile home and threatened to spread to surrounding forest, but the family pets made sure everyone got out alive.
Holding a burned up family album pulled from the fire that’s taken her south Nanaimo home, Vickie Bellingham is grateful that she and her husband have escaped with anything at all.
“The fireman that bothered to even look for these things was just so kind of them,” says Bellingham. “Because it was so fast you didn’t really have time to think about anything.”
And she credits two special friends, for alerting them in time.
“Yes you barked good. You did good,” she says rubbing the back of her two wiggling dogs.
The fire burned up the single wide mobile they were in the midst of renovating, as they slept right next to it in a cabin early Monday morning along Yellowpoint’s Hill Road.
“They definitely earned their feed and their love because they’re the ones that started barking like mad this morning when the fire started,” says Bellingham.
Valder, a Malamute and Luna, a Border Collie woke them from deep sleep just after 5:30 am. When Bellingham looked out she saw her home of 23 years was an inferno threatening to spread to the cabin and surrounding trees.
“Yeah dogs are heroes, for sure they’re our heroes,” says Bellingham.
North Oyster Volunteer Firefighters responded quickly but say nothing could be done to save the home.
“It is their home, it is a complete loss yes, but fortunately there’s no injuries,” says North Oyster Fire’s Deputy Chief Brian Eagle.
Bellingham says especially considering how little remains of her once loved family home, it is amazing they all got out alive. So she gives full credit to these canines for this ending.
“And you can replace stuff,” says Bellingham. “As long as your loved ones are good and you’re good it really doesn’t matter.”
The home was insured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.