Lumby Fire Department works on a house fire in the 2000 block of Derry Lane Thursday afternoon.

Lumby Fire Department works on a house fire in the 2000 block of Derry Lane Thursday afternoon.

Lumby family loses everything to blaze

Accidental gunshot causes home to go up in flames, community rallies around family

The community is rallying around a Lumby family who lost their home and nearly everything in it to a blaze Thursday.

A fire broke out inside the Derry Lane home due to a gunshot inside the home Thursday afternoon.

“There was an accident with a rifle that misfired and ignited some gun powder,” said Lawrie Skolrood, Vernon Fire Rescue deputy chief, following the investigation and information from the owner.

One occupant was home at the time of the blaze and escaped uninjured while the rest of the family was away from the home at the time of the fire.

“The house is pretty much demolished,” said Skolrood.

Being displaced from their house, which was just put up for sale two days earlier, the family is now the subject of community-wide support.

Although they had insurance, Lumby residents are gathering donations for the family, which includes five and seven year old girls.

“The people of Lumby seem to really have your back and are willing to help you though this situation in what ever way they can,” said Debra Drewry, who is helping to organize donations.

“It seems that there is still a lot of people that want to help but are not sure where to go or what to do.”

Donations are being accepted at Jiminy Crickets Daycare beside J.W. Inglis at 1981 Haller St. Chauncey Jade is the contact helping out with the donations.

Items currently needed is limited to clothing and just a few extras.

“Maybe even some toys or books to help these girls through this tough time,” said Drewry.

Clothing needed includes ladies size small and girls size 6/7 and 7/8.

“From what I understand, furniture is not being asked for at this time. They will be in limbo for a period of time and would not have anywhere to use these large items.  I am sure this will change when they are able to get on their feet,” said Drewry.

An online auction is also being planned and donations are being sought. They can also be dropped off with Jade or contact Drewry for more information at debdrew131@hotmail.com.