Blaze leaves couple homeless just before Christmas

The Silver Creek couple was treated for smoke inhalation in hospital and released the same day.

An early morning fire on Dec. 20 completely destroyed a couple's home and their possessions.

A fire in the early morning hours of Dec. 20 destroyed a couple’s home and all of their possessions and Silver Creek Store owner Colleen Sarrazin is eager to help them get back on their feet.

Sean Coubrough, Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s interim regional fire chief, says a call to the rental home at 1225 Salmon River Rd. came in at 2:40 a.m.

“Flame and smoke were visible enroute to the fire; the building was fully involved,” he says.

Ten Silver Creek Fire Department volunteer firefighters responded and were able to extinguish the fire and prevent flames from reaching a nearby propane tank and outbuilding.

“The occupants said a smoke alarm alerted them and when they opened the boot room door, there were flames inside,” Coubrough says. “They got themselves out of the building and the ambulance crew recommended they go to the hospital to get checked out.”

The couple was treated for smoke inhalation and released the same day.

They are receiving aid from Emergency Social Services for three days.

Further help will be forthcoming through a fund being set up at the Silver Creek Store.

Sarrazin says a cash donation box has been placed on the front counter and donations of clothing and housewares can be taken to the store at 948 Salmon River Rd.

For those who wish to make a donation of clothing, the female in her 50s, wears size 12 and size 8.5 in shoes or boots.

The man, also in his 50s, is a size 44 for tops and 40 for pants. He wears size 10 shoes and boots.

“They need everything,” says Sarrazin, noting a new computer being used by the woman for work was among the items lost in the fire.

If you have larger items such as furnishings to donate,or want more information, call Sarrazin at 250-832-6561.

Just Posted

Reducing the risk of wildfire in Kaleden

Kaleden community organizing forum to plan for future wildfires

Snowfall warning between Merritt and Hope

As much as 20 centimteres of the white stuff is expected along a stretch of the Coquhialla

Pen High Lakers make strong showing against KSS Owls

Penticton Lakers fought hard through to final set

Back-to-back wins for the Vees this weekend

Penticton Vees take down Capitals 10-1

Reel Reviews: Justice for a classic

We say, “Murder on the Orient Express is pretty, but maybe too familiar to be perfect.”

Drones used in search for clues about missing women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Coquihalla closed both directions near Merritt

Detours are available via Hwy. 8 and Hwy. 1

VIDEO: The Last Jedi is going to be the longest ‘Star Wars’ movie yet

Newest movie in the franchise will beat Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week.

PHOTOS: Procession and funeral for Const. John Davidson

Thousands attended celebration of life for Abbotsford police officer

B.C. Liberal leadership candidates debate different paths for party

Third debate held Sunday, Nov. 19 at Nanaimo’s Vancouver Island Conference Centre

LIVE: BC Liberals kick off leadership debate in Nanaimo

Candidates’ forum is at noon at Vancouver Island Conference Centre

WATCH: Thousands gathering in Abbotsford for Const. John Davidson funeral procession

Celebration of life to follow at Abbotsford Centre at 1 p.m.

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

Most Read