Trust set up for fire victims

A Pauquachin family rebuilds after fire destroyed their home

On June 29, the Peninsula News Review told the story of a devastating house fire on the Pauquachin reserve that left a family of four and their dog unhurt but without a home.

Now, the family is seeking the public’s help in their efforts to try and rebuild, through a trust fund set up in their name.

“[The trust fund] was organized to see if we can rebuild that house, or start a down payment on a new house,” said Mabel Bill, who owned the house.

Rebuilding would not be a small feat however, as the entire structure was burned and the roof collapsed.

Bill said the home had just been renovated last year, and there is a 15-year waiting list before they can apply to the band for help with new renovations.

A representative from the Pauquachin band council acknowledged that the family has been put on a housing list, but that the waiting period is indefinite.

The family did not have fire insurance.

Donations can be made to Mabel Bill in Trust, at Coast Capital Savings.