Two pets still missing after Saturday morning house fire

Lost everything in house fire

Chad Brigden says his son woke to loud noises early Saturday morning and went outside to find his roof on fire.

The home, located on Coldham Road off Trepanier Bench Road in Peachland, caught fire just before 5 a.m.

Brigden says his son was renting the basement of the home and was sleeping next to his girlfriend when he heard crackling noises.

"He ran upstairs and started yelling at the two other tenants. I believe he woke them up, and they got up and tried to start putting it out, but it was too late by then," he said.

Inside the home at the time of the fire were also three dogs, four cats, a snake, and two birds.

"They got their dogs out, but the rest of the animals were inside while the fire was still burning. Once the Peachland Fire Department got the fire out, the firefighters saved a cat right away and pulled the birds out as well as the snake. Two cats are still missing," Brigden added.

All personal belongings were lost in the fire.

"In the midst of this chaos, they are still bravely heading to work today at the local restaurant, despite not having a place to call home anymore," Brigden added.

He says his son and his son's girlfriend are in desperate need of assistance as they rebuild their lives from scratch.

"They are searching for a rental in Peachland that's pet-friendly to provide a safe haven for their dog, cat, and two budgies. In addition to shelter, they require basic essentials like clothing, shoes, and toiletries."

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time.

The house is uninhabitable.

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