A Campbell River family’s house burned down, and now a GoFundMe has been set up to help them get back on their feet.
Laura Conrad and Travis Gregory’s home, where they lived with their seven-year-old daughter and two cats, caught fire on Dec. 9.
“They lost absolutely everything in the housefire except for the clothes on their back. They lost both of their cats in the fire,” Lewis Conrad, Laura’s brother, told CHEK News. “They have been set up in a hotel right now so they can figure some things out.”
Lewis says Laura works at the hospital in Campbell River, and Travis works as a tow truck driver.
“We were hoping to set up this GoFundMe so they could get a good start on rebuilding their future and have a few bucks for Christmas,” Lewis said.
Laura and Travis were home at the time of the fire, and on Friday, Campbell River’s Fire Chief Dan Verdun told CHEK News they were able to get out and call 911 right away.
“They noticed the flames, they were in the house at the time, and quickly exit the structure called 911, and then we responded accordingly,” Verdun said. “They did do the right thing, which is if you do have a fire, get out immediately call us right away. The faster you call us, the faster we get there and we can get to work.”
Lewis says they were both taken to the hospital for observation because they inhaled smoke, and now they are physically OK but upset about losing their cats and home.
“They are just the best people who did not deserve any of this, especially right before Christmas,” Lewis said.