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Family homeless after fire

Alanna Kelly

A family is living in a hotel room after a fire ripped through their home, killing their six pets and leaving them without a house.

Cherylee Morrison was in Penticton when she receive the horrific news about the home she was renting.

Her children were all on a walk and no one was at their home off McKenzie Road in Kelowna as firefighters were battling the large blaze.

The fire took over their home and killed four dogs, one cat and a pet duck.

“I don’t think it has even hit me yet,” said Morrison. “My dogs were everything.”

Her daughter, Victoria Cooper, said they were told the dogs did not suffer and that they died from inhaling carbon monoxide in their sleep while they were in the home.

“There wasn’t even any marks on their paws of them trying to get out,” said Cooper.

A family pet cat did survive the blaze and it wasn’t until they came back to the home a day later that they found him.

“We really didn’t expect to find him because so far there has just been nothing,” said Morrison looking around at what remained of her home.

The family said they are still in shock and are experiencing waves of grief, but also moments of positivity.

“We are grateful for what we still do have and grateful the kids weren’t home,” said Cooper.

Her siblings Gloria, 8, and Xavier, 13, attended school on Monday and said they wanted to see their friends.

The family is now focused on trying to find somewhere to live.

“We have to find housing…main priority is finding a place to live and something reasonable for a low-income family and single parent,” said Morrison.

The family would like to thank everyone who has offered support and if you would like to donate you can do so at this link.

Platoon Capt. Kelly Stephens said Monday that the cause of the fire was still being investigated. The family said firefighters told them it appears the blaze started on a back balcony.



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