Family loses home in June 22 fire

A family has lost its home in West Guilford following an early morning, June 22, fire.

Dysart et al fire chief, Mike Iles, said his department was paged out for the structure fire on Kennisis Lake Road at 7:28 am. Twenty firefighters and six fire trucks responded.

“Upon arrival, there was flame and smoke coming from the roof of a single storey house.” Iles said.

He said firefighters contained the fire and returned to the fire hall at 11:04 am.

Although the fire was quickly contained, the house and contents were extensively damaged, and there was smoke and water damage.

The occupants were alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm and safely exited the building. There were no injuries to the occupants or firefighters.

The house will be a total loss of $300,000.

The fire is still under investigation.  

“Once again. this is proof that smoke alarms save lives, please ensure that all smoke alarms are tested regularly and replaced once they expire,” Iles said.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe has been established to help the family.

It is under Help Gayle’s personal emergency fundraiser, and hopes to raise $25,000.

“My daughter’s family home burned this morning,” it reads. “The seven-year-old saved the four-year-old be escorting him quickly away from the fire area out the front door. My littlest hero … They also need a new place to live in Haliburton Highlands.” 

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