A tight knit mobile home park in South Nanaimo is heartbroken and grieving the loss of a beloved friend after a tragic fire.
Neighbours woke to find flames pouring from a trailer in Petroglyph Mobile Home Park early Thursday morning and despite brave efforts to save the man inside, they couldn’t get to him.
Len Yaskow says he feels like he’s lost a member of his own family today, after fire tore through a mobile home a few doors down in the Petroglyph Mobile Home Park.
“He came here for supper last night he was here from four till seven,” says Len Yaskow. “This morning 5:03 I get a call his trailer’s gone up in flames so I just put my robe on and ran,” says Yaskow.
But the Nanaimo man says he couldn’t get within metres of the home.
“The fire was just too much. Couldn’t get close to the trailer,” he says.
Firefighters arrived within minutes to an inferno.
“It was fully involved. The crews did not enter it was a defensive attack right off the bat,” says Asst. Chief Brad Wood of Nanaimo Fire Rescue.
And within hours neighbours worst fears were confirmed.
“Upon further investigation by crews after the fire was extinguished, we have confirmed that we do have one deceased person on scene,” says Asst. Chief Wood.
The victim has been identified by friends as Cy, a popular member of the park, who lost his wife two years ago.
“Beautiful guy. Gone through hardship over the years, we were just there for him me and my mom. You’d have him over for dinner every couple of days, three or four times a week.”
Cy had brought over dinner made in a crockpot last night. Now Len Yaskow wonders if he maybe forgot to turn that crockpot off.
Investigators have taken over the scene that is so torched they say it’s unclear where in the home it started.
The remains of the victim and his dog, who also died in the blaze, have now been taken.
Leaving a hole among a group of friends struggling with their loss.