Six Mile Creek family lost home in White Rock Lake fire, raising money to rebuild their lives

Lost everything in fire

The adult daughter of a Westside family that lost everything in the White Rock Lake fire has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help them rebuild.

The family home in the Six Mile Creek area was reduced to rubble when the fire swept through the area on Aug. 15.

"Sadly, like many others, we were unable to obtain insurance in our area due to location, and other factors. Never in a million years did we even think that a fire 60 kilometres away would make it to our back door, and ultimately burn through our property," Kaitlyne Peden wrote on the GoFundMe page.

"To say we are devastated is an understatement."

Peden says her parents, Ted and Michelle, bought the property in 2002 as nothing but a bare field and a treed hill.

"My younger brother was a newborn, my brothers and sister were teenagers, and I was a toddler at the time."

Her parents "struggled for years to get our property and house, which was originally a school modular, into what it was before the events of Aug. 15. Many of our neighbours and friends watched as they slowly built it up over the years, showing more and more progress as time went on.

"Now, nothing is left to show how hard my parents and older brothers struggled and worked to make it into something. Not only did we lose our home, but all the memories that went along with it.

"Even though our home is gone, my parents still have a mortgage payment every month and my dad is now unable to work his job out of town, and cannot find any close to home."

Peden said many have suffered through the wildfire, and it has "been a nightmare for many of us."

As of midday Friday, the campaign had raised $4,095 towards a goal of $50,000.

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