House flattened within an hour.

House fire on Mapes Road

On April 1 there was a house fire on Mapes Road east of Vanderhoof.

Owners Linda Urquhart, son Derek and Don Kippan lost their home

On April 1 there was a house fire on Mapes Road east of Vanderhoof.

Owners Linda Urquhart, son Derek and Don Kippan lost their home and, other than two photo albums and a couple of pictures, everything else was lost. They managed to save two dogs and one cat but Derek lost his corn snake and lizard.

The fire started from burning garbage outside and got into the grass at the back of the house. Linda and Don had styrofoam up getting ready to do the siding of the home and the fire traveled up and into the roof blowing a window out.

This is when Linda knew the house was on fire, she yelled for everyone to get out. The house was flattened within an hour.

Don, Linda and Derek would like to thank everyone that came to help, a couple of phone calls later 40 people showed up. They are out of the Vanderhoof fire area. A kitchen show was held April 3 at Mapes Hall for the family. Linda stressed they were happy everyone was safe and what a wonderful community Vanderhoof is.

Anyone wishing to donate household items or cash watch for more info in the Omineca Express.

 

Just Posted

State of local financial crisis declared in Fort St. James

The District will have a job fair on July 31 to help workers find transitioning jobs

Regional real estate sales down so far in 2019

Real estate sales in the northwest and Bulkley-Nechako regions of British Columbia… Continue reading

Update: Severe thunderstorm watch upgraded to warning for Cariboo North including Quesnel

Potential for strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain in the afternoon

Northern B.C.’s Ridley coal terminal sold, Canada divests, First Nations to own portion

Ten per cent of shares transferred to the Lax Kw’alaams Band and the Metlakatla First Nation

Vanderhoof Clippers are working towards getting a booth rebuilt at the Arena

Terry Lazaruk, president of the club said they haven’t been able to host sanctioned meets due to the lack of a proper timing booth

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs have been sold

Victoria company has purchased BCHL team, but will keep it in Port Alberni

“Does Kirby care?” B.C. First Nation’s group using geo-targeted ads in Houston, Texas for justice

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has called out Kirby Corporation for the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill

Trudeau announces $79M investment for 118 more public transit buses across B.C.

Contributions from municipal to federal level to fund more buses in a bid to cut commutes

B.C. woman wins record $2.1 million on casino slot machine

‘That night was so surreal … I wasn’t able to sleep or eat for the first two days,’ she said

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Most Read