Home demolition assistance an unconventional early Christmas gift

Valley Bobcat Services offered their services and equipment free of charge in removing a burnt home.

A family in Penticton received an early, if unconventional, Christmas gift when Valley Bobcat Services helped them demolish their home on Monday, Dec. 23.

“A few months ago one of the manufactured homes in our park caught fire,” said Lori Goodwin, manager at Dauphin Manufactured Home Park. “It was destroyed to the point that it couldn’t be lived in any more.”

Penticton Fire Department had been called to the park on May 28 in response to a fire, putting it out quickly after arriving on scene. The owners of the home had been out at the time, and since then have been working to get money from the insurance to cover the costs of demolishing the damaged home.

Read More: Fire quickly doused in Penticton mobile home park

Without being able to afford professional services, the family and some friends worked at slowly breaking the home down, before running short on time and energy. One of the family members put up a post on Facebook asking for assistance to finish the demolition of the house before their deadline at the end of the month.

Valley Bobcat Services arrived earlier today and offered their services and equipment to help take down the home.

“They showed up and said, ‘We can’t imagine someone having to go through this kind of thing at Christmas,” said Goodwin. “The only thing is they wanted them to cover the dumpage fees, and actually the dump said they’d give them a deal on that as well.”

The Penticton Western News reported on the fire at the time of the incident and the Fire Department response. The Western reached out to the family but did not receive a response at the time of publishing.

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