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Fire destroys Campbell River house, leaving family of six homeless

Nov 30 2011

A Campbell River family of six is homeless after fire razed their home.

Rob and Tabatha Dyck and their four girls — aged 14, nine, three and seven months — were not at home at the time. Tabatha is expecting her fifth child, which is due in the spring.

The family rented the home and did not have renter's insurance. All their belongings were lost. The fire in the 300 block of Hilchey Road was called in at 7:30 p.m. Sunday while the family were at a Grey Cup party at Miracle Beach.

They may have lost their possessions, but the Dycks have gained a new appreciation for their friends and neighbours who responded to the family's plight with cash, furniture, baby clothes, toys and cash.

Christine Labbe, a friend of Tabatha's, is overwhelmed at the donations that are pouring in for the family.

Both Rob and Tabatha are extremely grateful for the support shown by the community, said Labbe.

"It shows how strong and unselfish we are here," said Labbe.

The fire was fully involved by the time firefighters arrived at the home.

"When we arrived on scene we had fire showing from the front door and second-floor windows," said Campbell River Fire Chief Dean Spry.

The building was a two-storey, wood-framed building believed to be 30 to 40 years old.

"It had a unique construction with an arched roof that came down to three or four feet of the ground level," said Spry.

There were aluminum shingles on the roof that contained the heat and gases in the dwelling and hindered the firefighters' progress, Spry said.

The cause has been traced to firewood being stacked too close to the wood-burning fireplace. The radiant heat ignited the wood, said Spry.

An account at CIBC is being set up for the family. Anyone who wants to donate can get information from Labbe at (250) 286-4241.

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