A family who lost their home in a blaze near Soda Creek last week say they honestly can’t thank everyone enough for the incredible support.
Mike and Monica Altwasser with their children Jackson and Kate, lost everything they own in a fire Friday last week.
They say their friends helped them recover everything they could in the 28 minutes they had from the house before it went up in flames as well as giving Mike clothes to wear to work the next day and helping to pull a breech calf.
Five members of the Cariboo Fire Centre, as well as First Responders attended to make sure the family were okay and assist with the grass fire that resulted from the blaze.
“We play a pretty minor role in the event,” says Fire Information Officer Emily. “We just made sure everybody was safe and we assisted with the grass fire that had resulted from the structure fire and unfortunately we are not trained or equipped to fight structure fires.”
A go fund me campaign launched for the Altwasser family has raised over $11,000 in 4 days.
The family says the outpouring of support from the community when they heard their loss all helped financially with supplies and emotionally helped with taking them from the lowest point of their lives to seeing the light in their future.
“I keep saying that if you ever want your faith in humanity restored, or need to know just how wonderful our city is, just lose everything you own in a house fire in Williams Lake. I’m not kidding.”