A devastating fire broke out on Saturday, October 7, in the 1400 block of Bonnybrook Heights Road, resulting in severe damage to four homes, with one completely burned to the ground. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Chris Fachin, the acting assistant fire chief for the Gibson and District Volunteer Fire Department (GDVFD).
The family residing in the affected house was alerted by their fire alarm, which allowed them to evacuate in time. Thanks to the swift response of firefighters, the fire was contained and prevented from spreading any further. However, nearby vegetation, including a large cedar hedge and an artificial turf lawn, quickly caught fire and contributed to the intensity of the blaze.
The fire chief of GDVFD, Rob Michael, mentioned that while one structure was completely destroyed, the other neighboring homes were saved from significant damage.
A total of 33 firefighters, including additional support from the Roberts Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the Sechelt Fire Department, responded to the incident.
One neighbor, Colin Preston, who lived two properties away from the destroyed house, described the fire as a ferocious and uncontrollable force. He expressed his terror, saying, “It was absolutely terrifying. It basically ate the house and spread to the neighbors. There are now four houses involved.” Preston first thought the noise he heard was bears, but upon investigation, he witnessed his neighbor’s deck engulfed in flames. Within a matter of half an hour, the entire house had disintegrated.
Preston spoke highly of the family affected by the fire, stating that they have always been generous and supportive members of the community. In response to the incident, Preston started a GoFundMe campaign, which has already raised $4,550 out of a $10,000 goal. Alternatively, a direct e-transfer option is available through Sunshine Coast Credit Union. Preston emphasized the importance of assisting the family during this difficult time, highlighting their exceptional qualities as neighbors.
Before the arrival of firefighters, Preston and other neighbors attempted to contain the fire by spraying bushes surrounding a nearby house. However, the intensity of the heat caused the roof of the affected house to melt. Preston was amazed and grateful for the incredible efforts of the firefighters and volunteers, acknowledging their role in saving her neighbor’s house.
In conclusion, a devastating fire on Bonnybrook Heights Road resulted in the destruction of one home and damage to several others. The affected family is receiving support from their community through a GoFundMe campaign initiated by their neighbor. The brave efforts of the firefighters and volunteers prevented further spread of the fire and saved neighboring structures.