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'Didn't get to say goodbye'

UPDATE: 10:20 a.m.

A Kelowna family is mourning the loss of their beloved pets and home after a fire ripped through their house on Sunday.

The fire started at about 1:30 p.m. and completely gutted the home. The family was not home at the time of their fire but their pets were. 

Victoria Cooper reached out to Castanet, saying words cannot capture the gravity of her family's loss. 

"We had our pug for 12 years, our lab-cross and two boxers for five years," said Cooper. "This is just truly hard to grasp losing them all at once, without being able to say goodbye."

The mother who was working in Penticton, came home to find what was left of their home on Sunday.

"Any community support at this point in time would be an incredible help as my mother lost all her cash savings and valuables in the home," said Cooper.

The GoFundMe page, which was set up by a relative, has raised just under $1,000 as of Monday morning. 


ORIGINAL: 10 a.m.

A family that lost their six pets and their home during a fire in Rutland now needs to find somewhere to live.

On Sunday, a large plume of black smoke could be seen coming from the home located on McKenzie Road and numerous firefighters rushed to the scene at about 1:30 p.m.

"It’s truly heartbreaking to lose one pet, but all in one day is unfathomable," said Meghann Atina, a relative of the family.

The mother and the two children living at the home were not home during the fire and had left early in the morning.

Platoon captain Kelly Stephens with Kelowna Fire said four dogs, one cat and duck died in the fire.

"Fire damage was contained to the rear of the structure’s main floor and deck with heavy smoke damage to the rest of the structure," Stephens said.

A relative of the family who lost everything created a GoFundMe page on Monday.

“She needs all the basic necessities, somewhere to stay, clothes, furniture, beds for her and her children,” said Atina.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated on Monday morning, but Stephens said it is not believed to be suspicious.

“She needs a fresh start after this horrific tragedy,” said Atina. "If you can spare anything it would be most helpful.”

The family was renting the property, which was located on Boparai Orchards. The property owners said they drove by before 1:30 p.m. and did not see any flames.



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