The Masters home burned down on Jan. 10. Malcolm Masters has started a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of tearing down the structure and cleaning up the property. Photo supplied by Malcolm Masters

The Masters home burned down on Jan. 10. Malcolm Masters has started a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of tearing down the structure and cleaning up the property. Photo supplied by Malcolm Masters

GoFundMe started to help victims of Campbell River house fire

Home had been in family since late 1950s

Campbell Riverites have been stepping up to help out a local family who recently lost a home to fire.

On the morning of Jan. 10, a home that has been in the Masters family since 1957 went up in flames. The fire destroyed the entire home, leaving the resident without a place to stay and his two children left with the responsibility of tearing down and cleaning up the mess.

“There was no insurance on the home and my dad’s on disability as well,” said Malcolm Masters. “My sister and I just know that the responsibility is going have to fall to us at some point as far as getting everything taken down. The place is a tear-down, nothing survived. It’s basically a shell.”

Masters started a GoFundMe with the hopes to help cover the costs of tearing the ruins down and cleaning up the property, as well as any extra costs to help house their father.

“We just thought that we wanted to get something going for our dad. Last week I put up the GoFundMe and I went and got a motorhome out there, we’re just trying to cover some of these costs,” he said. “We already have one quote, it’ll be like 10 to 20 grand to level the house and get everything out of there, not to mention whether or not there’s asbestos, because that’s just going to be another situation.”

Masters’ father tried to fight the fire, getting up onto the roof and using a garden hose to try and slow the spread of the blaze. He fell off the roof, Masters said, injuring himself in the process. Masters said that he and his sister grew up in the home, and that his father had lived his whole life there. The home had been in the Masters family since the late 1950s, when his grandparents bought the place.

“It was just a couple of bachelors who had built it a few years before that. We’ve been basically the only family in there,” he said. “Dad’s lived his whole life there. It’s just a bit of a devastating one.”

The community has stepped up to help out, however. A local supply rental shop, C&L Supplies, helped repair a generator that has been keeping Masters’ father’s motorhome powered since the accident, and GFL Environmental helped by supplying a portable washroom for the site. Theresa Morgan, who runs a beauty salon in Campbell River helped by donating towels, kitchen utensils and other necessities.

“I would like to thank everyone who has donated. The support has been incredible,” he said. “The funds will be going towards clearing the lot. We have already had one estimate at 10 to 20 thousand if no asbestos is discovered, 30 to 50 thousand if asbestos is discovered. But we will have to send samples to Nanaimo for that to be determined.”

“It’s incredible,” he added. “It’s overwhelming to see friends, family and people who have grown up in Campbell River who have driven by the place forever. It’s pretty cool.”

The GoFundMe was started on Jan. 20 and has raised just over $3,000 as of Sunday morning.

RELATED: One to hospital after fire engulfs South Island Highway building

Five safe after fire rips through Murphy Street home



marc.kitteringham@campbellrivermirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Campbell Riverfirefundraising

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ian Baikie shows the new kitchen space at Hama?Elas shortly before the facility opened late last year. Mirror File Photo.
Campbell River City Council updated on Hama?Elas and Kwesa Place

Funding was set to run out at end of March, but organizers say they can go another six months

Tyson Popove placed second in his category at the Mt. Washington Viewtour Virtual Slopestyle event. Photo by Shawn Corrigan
Campbell River skier goes big at Mt. Washington competition

Tyson Popove places second in virtual slopestyle event

Elk Falls plunges into the canyon during a high flow event. Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror file
Water flows down Elk Falls Canyon to increase to accommodate steelhead migration

Public safety advisory in place for the river from John Hart Dam to Elk Falls during the migration flows

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead on Quadra Island

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

The Downtown Safety Select Committee has floated the idea of removing the glass on the Spirit Square stage structure in the winter. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Proposed Spirit Square glass removal disables sheltered gathering place, advocates say

Downtown Safety Select Committee floats idea of removing glass roof from public facility

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

Most Read