‘All was lost’

Fundraiser launched for Hortonville cou­ple dis­placed by fire

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ash­ley.Thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

The com­mu­nity is ral­ly­ing around an An­napo­lis Val­ley cou­ple faced with start­ing anew fol­low­ing a fire.

“They need to re­place ev­ery­thing. All was lost,” said Jane We­ber.

“My brother is restor­ing some pic­tures that were found pro­tected in an al­bum, but that is all that was sal­vaged.”

The house Peter and Colleen Thorpe had been rent­ing in Hortonville for about nine years was de­stroyed by fire March 6.

“We are so thank­ful that Peter and Colleen are safe. This story could have ended so dif­fer­ently but it is ob­vi­ous God has his hand on them,” said We­ber.

“Peter hap­pened to be work­ing away from home that day. Colleen had been called away from home un­ex­pect­edly; 10 min­utes later, a neigh­bour saw the smoke (and) an­other 10 min­utes and the whole house was en­gulfed.”

We­ber started an on­line crowd­fund­ing cam­paign through GoFundMe.com to gar­ner sup­port for the cou­ple.

“We all have those things that we mean to get around to but stay on our to-do list. Peter and Colleen’s to-do list had re­in­stat­ing their ten­ants’ in­sur­ance. It had only been lax a month,” she said.

Do­na­tions col­lected will be used to pur­chase ev­ery day house­hold items.

“Peter and Colleen are self­less Val­ley folk. If this hap­pened to some­one else, they would be the ones go­ing to bat and mak­ing sure no one went with­out,” said We­ber.

Peter, orig­i­nally from Lock­hart- ville, worked for the Mi­nas Basin plant in Hantsport for 40 years be­fore it was closed. Colleen, who is from Mount Den­son, worked at Ev­er­green Care Home for 20 years. They’ve been mar­ried for 41 years, and have two daugh­ters and three grand­chil­dren.

“We are thank­ful for fire de­part­ments’ and RCMP’s quick re­sponse,” said We­ber.

“The wind was very strong that day, blow­ing the fire and heat to­wards a close neigh­bour. Their skill and re­sponse saved the neigh­bour­ing home.”

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

An on­line crowd­fund­ing cam­paign has been launched to help a Hortonville cou­ple dis­placed by fire March 6.

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