Family left without home in fires thankful for support

The campaign, just five days old, has almost $5,000 raised. Courtesty of GoFundMe.

TAYLOR, B.C. — A family who lost their home in the fire on South Taylor Hill is thanking the community, who has donated clothes, toys and many other items in their time of need.

Justen Bruvold said he and his wife Brandi and their daughter Serena were evacuated from their home on Monday. When he stopped by the house on Tuesday, a fire marshal told him the fire was moving fast — that it could go from 500 metres away from the home to 200 metres in just 10 minutes.


“I talked to my wife, said, ‘you know, I think we’re going to be to come back,’ Moments later, a fire marshal came up the road,” he said, telling the fire marshal said to ‘grab his shoes and go.’

Later that night, Bruvold said, his brother informed him that the house had been destroyed by the fire.

When they evacuated the home, he said they were able to retrieve only their clothes, toys, family pictures, and hope chests before taking off.

Here is the list Trina Bruvold made for us things check off is things we need/lost

Posted by Justen Bruvold on Saturday, April 23, 2016

Now staying at a hotel, the family has received a trailer that they will move things into, to have a sense of home.

The family moved to Taylor in January, where Bruvold says his daughter thrived in the school. Looking toward the future, the family plans on buying another house, hopefully in the same community.

A GoFundMe campaign was started shortly after they discovered their home had been destroyed by fire, and already has $4,800 raised.