Community rallies around family who lost home in fire
Ryland family home in L’Anse Amour burned down on New Year’s Eve
Residents of Forteau, L’Anse au Loup and the surrounding area were quick to help out a L’Anse Amour family who lost their home in a fire on New Year’s Eve 2018.
The home of Brad, Lisa and their son Jax Ryland was consumed by fire on Monday afternoon, Dec. 31.
The three family members were not home at the time of the blaze, but the home was a total loss and the family dog died in the fire. All belongings inside were also lost.
The Forteau and L’Anse au Loup Fire Departments responded to the call and were able to contain the fire before it could spread.
The cause of the fire is not known.
People in the area were quick to rally around the Ryland family. Immediately, fundraisers were organized.
On New Year’s Day 2019, two fundraisers were held in both Forteau and L’Anse au Loup.
Donations of money, clothes and other items were received at the town hall in Forteau and at the community youth centre where Lisa Davis-Ryland works in L’Anse au Loup.
Fundraiser organizer Jeinean Barney wasn’t sure of the total amount raised but says the support has been “overwhelming.”
“All I can say is that we are completely lost for words,” Davis-Ryland wrote to The Northern Pen. “People have been so good to us. We appreciate everything and everyone who has helped out in this very, very difficult time. I am used to being on the other end but yet so grateful that people are doing what they’re doing to help us along.”
Barney is accepting donations for the family at jeinean_bar[email protected]hoo.ca
The Forteau and L’Anse au Loup Fire Departments responded to a call of a house fire in L’Anse Amour on Monday afternoon, Dec. 31. Pictured are firefighters dousing the home with water.