Com­mu­nity ral­lies around fam­ily who lost home in fire

Ry­land fam­ily home in L’Anse Amour burned down on New Year’s Eve

Northern Pen - - Front Page - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS

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

STEPHEN ROBERTS — THE NORTH­ERN PEN

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.

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