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Funds being raised for Lumby couple after fatal house fire

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Rhea and Verne Abney
A fundraiser has been launched for Rhea and Verne Abney, who lost their son, their pets and their home in a fire June 3, 2024.

Financial support is being given to a Lumby couple who tragically lost their son, their pets and their home in a fire earlier this week.

Lumby Fire Rescue Services responded to the fully involved structure fire on Mountainview Avenue at 2 a.m., June 3. 

Police said three of the home's occupants got out safely, but sadly one person did not. 

"An examination of the scene was completed and what are believed to be human remains were found inside the home," media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski said Tuesday morning. 

Alison Goodall started a GoFundMe campaign for her partner's grandparents, Rhea and Verne Abney, the victims of the fire.

"Along with the house, they lost their son and pets," Goodall wrote. 

"We are hoping to raise some money for them to help alleviate some financial stress during this time. We appreciate any donations, messages, and keeping them in your thoughts."

As of Saturday morning, the GoFundMe is about $300 short of its $5,000 goal. 

Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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