A gofundme account has been set up at gofundme.com/help-the-silanohandley-family to support Sarah Silano and children Hannah and Noah Handley

Mother, children homeless after Malakwa residential fire

Support effort underway to help family as they look for a new home to rent.

A residential fire has left a Malakwa family in need of a place to live.

Sarah Silano and children Hannah and Noah Handley are safe and currently staying with extended family after the Malakwa home they’d been renting was damaged in a fire Sunday night.

Sarah’s sister, Stephanie Silano says Sarah is under an “incredible amount of stress,” but she and the children are grateful for the community support they’ve received.

Malakwa Fire Chief Joanne Held said the fire call was received around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 4. Firefighters were on the scene in 10 minutes, and were able to contain the blaze largely to a enclosed back porch, “with a slight extension into the wall, which led to the upstairs bedroom and the back of the kitchen.”

“There was some smoke and water damage in the house, and we had to rip up a little bit of floor upstairs,” said Held.

The Sicamous fire department was brought in for mutual aid, though Held said the majority of the blaze was knocked down within half-an-hour.

Held said Sarah had been enjoying an evening to herself (her children were with their grandparents for the night), when she heard some unusual sounds and decided to investigate. When she discovered the fire, Sarah grabbed her pets, got into her car and drove to the end of the driveway before dialling 911.

Sarah has been told it likely won’t be until April before it is back in habitable condition. Until then, Stephanie said Sarah and family are looking for a home to rent.

A GoFundMe account set up by Stephanie notes there was extensive smoke and water damage to the Silano/Handley family’s belongings.

“Unfortunately, they did not have rental insurance to replace these things,” writes Stephanie on the public fundraising website. “This is a terrible way to end a year that has already been hard for them. Any donations would be greatly appreciated to help get them back on their feet, and to help cover costs until they are able to return home.”

As of Wednesday, Dec. 7, the gofundme page at gofundme.com/help-the-silanohandley-family was already more than three-quarters of the way to the $4,000 goal.

Parkview Elementary is also looking after their own (both Hannah and Noah are students there). On Friday, Dec. 9, the school is holding a pizza fundraiser, with proceeds to the family.

 

Just Posted

Hero campaign raises $24,000 for Okanagan non-profits

Lowe’s Canada Heroes campaign was held throughout September

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

B.C. has only one bricks-and-mortar marijuana store

Lake Country crash leads police to recover three stolen vehicles

Incident happened early Monday morning on Highway 97 between Oyama and Vernon

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

Concussion treatment clinic opens in Kelowna

Unique Okanagan health service initiated by BrainTrust Canada

Your morning news in 90: Oct. 17, 2018

Tune in for 90 seconds to get the top headlines for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

Don’t be dazed and confused about legalization

Sitting down with an Okanagan lawyer to clear the haze of marijuana rules

Harry and Meghan bring rain to drought-stricken Outback town

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day two of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

Demand for legalized cannabis in early hours draws lineups, heavy web traffic

Government-run and privately operated sales portals went live at 12:01 a.m. local time across Canada, eliciting a wave of demand.

Killer-rapist Paul Bernardo set to make parole pitch today

Paul Bernardo, whose very name became synonymous with sadistic sexual perversion, is expected to plead for release on Wednesday.

Legal pot shops in the South Okanagan still months in the future

Penticton still working on retail cannabis regulations

Scope of Hurricane Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

Nearly 137,000 Florida customers remain without power from the Gulf of Mexico to the Georgia border

Streamlined pardon process for pot possession convictions in Canada

Feds say legalization is first step towards objectives of getting pot out of the hands of kids and eliminating black market

North Okanagan-Shuswap trustee hopefuls state stance on education

Retired teachers association holds forum for School District 83 board candidates

Most Read