Fundraisers organized for family after fire damages Maple Bay home

Fundraisers organized for family after fire damages Maple Bay home
Isabelle Maheu/GoFundMe
The fire on Grandview Street in Maple Bay.

Fundraisers have been created for a Maple Bay family whose house was significantly damaged by a fire on Nov. 30.

A GoFundMe campaign was started by a friend of the family, Isabelle Maheu. 

“Last night (November 30th) a dear friend of mine, Kristen and her husband Ryan as well as their 8-year-old son, Ethan, suffered a massive loss. Their home caught fire and although the damage has not been assessed, it appears that the family has lost everything,” Maheu wrote.

Martin Drakeley, manager of North Cowichan Fire and Bylaw Services, said firefighters at the Maple Bay fire hall were called to the 6000-block of Grandview Street just before 9:30 p.m. for a possible chimney fire. Drakeley said when firefighters arrived, the flames had spread through the roof.

Firefighters from the South End fire hall were called. A total of 26 firefighters ended up responding to the fire. Drakeley said they were at the fire for just under three hours.

No injuries were reported but the fire caused significant damage to the house, Drakeley said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Maheu said there will also be a Beer and Burger Day The Lion Rampant Scottish Pub at 6777 Beaumont Avenue in Maple Bay on Dec. 7, with all proceeds going to the family. Donations for the family can also be dropped off at the pub.


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