A family of four are facing tough times after their mobile home in the Lakeview Trailer Court here caught fire just prior to midnight Saturday.
The blaze left it uninhabitable for Miranda and Trevor Andrushuk and their two young children (aged three and four months), with smoke and heat damage destroying almost all of their belongings.
The family was not home at the time of the fire.
Firefighters, who were on the scene until around 2 a.m. Sunday, determined the blaze started in the kitchen area although the exact cause hadn’t been found as of Monday.
“There was heavy fire damage to the kitchen, and smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the trailer,” Fire Chief Ralph Fulford confirmed Monday morning.
The Andrushuks, who declined to comment because of emotional stress over the incident, are living with family members for now.
And to make matters worse, when relatives returned to the trailer around 8 a.m. Sunday to check out the damage, they discovered articles had been stolen from it sometime during the night.
“We noticed things were out of place and some were missing,” said Angel Andrushuk, who spoke on behalf of her sister and brother-in-law.
“Someone had come in and stolen jewellery, 100 CDs, fishing tackle, and several other things,” she added.
“Anything that was left that had any sentimental value is now gone,” she stressed, noting her sister is urging the public to keep their eyes open for articles which appear smoke-damaged.
Fort Frances OPP Cst. Mark Boileau said police, who had been on the scene with firefighters, were notified of the theft and were waiting for the Andrushuks to supply a list of items believed stolen.
Meanwhile, donations of children’s clothing (a girl’s size three and infant’s size nine to 12 months), as well as diapers and infant formula, are welcome.
They can be dropped off at 408 Fifth St. E. or you can call 274-2086.