Hant’s Har­bour fam­ily es­capes fire

Com­mu­nity pitch­ing in to help fa­ther and his daugh­ter

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@CBN­com­pass.ca

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.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

An overnight fire last week gut­ted a home in Hant’s Har­bour, leav­ing a fa­ther and his daugh­ter home­less.

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