Hant’s Harbour family escapes fire
Community pitching in to help father and his daughter
A family in Hant’s Harbour is facing an uphill battle after an early-morning fire destroyed their home, leaving a father and his daughter with next to nothing.
Now the community is coming together to make sure those two have the basic necessities to get by with Christmas right around the corner.
Local fire chief Derrick Seward told The Compass there hasn’t been a fire of this magnitude in Hant’s Harbour for at least 15 years or 20 years.
“It was difficult for the family and the department fighting it at the time,” he said, noting people in the community have remained shocked by the event days later.
It was difficult for the family and the department fighting it at the time. Derrick Seward
The call came in to the fire department at approximately 1:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 7. A carbon monoxide detector managed to wake up the man and girl while they were sleeping, according to Seward. They immediately left the one-storey home. A dog was trapped in the basement at one point, but firefighters managed to rescue it.
“It was probably to the point where it was near impossible to knock down,” the fire chief said when asked how advanced the fire was upon the department’s arrival.
Firefighters from Winterton joined in to help out, and Seward said his crew appreciated their assistance. Eight water lines were used simultaneously to try and knock down the blaze, but it was no use. Seward said the property located on the main road in Hant’s Harbour is now “a total write-off.”
The exact origins of the fire are not known.
The family is now staying with friends in Hant’s Harbour. To help them out further, people in the community started a clothing drive. People were dropping off clothing and toiletry items at the Hant’s Harbour Recreation Building during the day last week.
According to Cheryl Ash, one of the local residents who has been helping out, clothing and personal hygiene items are what the displaced family need most. Household items are not needed since they have nowhere to store them.
The clothing should be big enough to fit a man or young girl. Lightly used winter clothing and boots are also needed. The man’s shoe size is 9, and the girl’s is a female 9-10. Ash told The Compass some people have offered gift cards instead of clothing.
An overnight fire last week gutted a home in Hant’s Harbour, leaving a father and his daughter homeless.