Bowser shows support for owners of the gas station that burned down

Bowser shows support for owners of the gas station that burned down

It’s been more than two months since the community of Bowser, north of Qualicum Beach, lost its only gas station, but that hasn’t stopped the community from supporting its owners.

On Saturday night the Bowser Legion is hosting a singles event and silent auction. Both will be the latest fundraisers for the Flegel family, whose gas station and mechanic shop were destroyed by fire in December.

“Replacing that station is going to be a long project and so we always think fundraising isn’t just one and done. It’s a marriage you’re not dating. It’s going to take a long time,” said Rosanna Pitella, an event organizer.

It was December sixth when a fire started late in the evening and destroyed Bowser’s only gas station.

Owner Thom Flegel tried to put it out unsuccessfully, he then quickly helped his 39-week-pregnant fiance out of their RV parked behind the building.

Days later they gave birth to a healthy baby girl.

Today the Bowser gas station still lies in ruins.

“It’s still tied up in the insurance and the red tape that goes along with that,” said Flegel.

But Flegel has pivoted through this stressful time.

“I have a mobile mechanic’s van and I’ve been doing jobs from Thursday to Saturday and I cover towing in the evening so I’m basically working six days a week to make sure I support everybody.”

Back at the legion, they’re vowing to help until the Flegels are back on their feet.

“Any time the community says we need help, we need assistance, the Flegel family has always been the first ones to raise their hands,” said Jessica Pittella, an event organizer.

“Yes of course there is insurance but insurance doesn’t cover all those things. That’s what we’re here for is to help maintain them through this tragedy. Keep their spirits up,” said Rosanna Pittella.

Flegel says his family has been feeling the love.

“There’ve been so many generous donations that it’s been overwhelming. Honestly, I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing community,” said Flegel.

A Gofundme has so far raised more than $28,000 of a $150,000 goal.

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