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Valentine’s Day fire appears to be a total loss

A photo of the fire damage sustained by a home on the 269 Road early on Valentine's Day morning. The house suffered a second fire last Friday night. Supplied photo.
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A fire that erupted at home on the 269 Road early Valentine’s Day appears to have resulted in a near total-loss, contrary to earlier reports.

According to the Peace River Regional District’s Protective Services Manager Deborah Jones-Middleton, the Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out to a home on the 269 Road at around 1:50 Wednesday morning. 12 of the department’s firefighters and two apparatus battled the blaze, assisted by firefighters from Fort St. John and Taylor.

Jones-Middleton stated that crews remained on scene for several hours and extinguished hot spots. There was extensive damage done to the home but that many possessions were salvageable. The occupants of the home were not injured as they were alerted to the fire by their smoke alarm.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started for homeowners Ivan and Shauna Polley, which as of noon Friday has raised $1,700 of the $5,000 goal. However, contrary to Jones-Middleton’s statement, a friend of the Polleys conflicted the PRRD’s statement, saying that there were, in fact, two instances of fire which resulted in a near total loss to the home.

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A woman, identifying herself as Marilyn, explained that fire crews arrived and extinguished the blaze in short order. However, she said that several hours later, the fire rekindled and completely gutted the home. Marilyn explained that the second instance of fire meant that none of the couple’s possessions were salvageable, as evidenced in photos of the fire’s aftermath.

When asked for clarification about the circumstances, PRRD Communications Manager Fran Haughian said she would speak with officials to verify the family friend’s claim.

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A link to the GoFundMe campaign can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/relief-for-the-polleys

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