Public appeal issued to help victims of Vernon townhouse fire

Accommodations are being immediately sought for tenants with mobility issues

Help is being sought for the eight people displaced by a fire at a Vernon townhouse complex Thursday.

Five units were impacted during the blaze at Kikanee Estates on Heritage Drive.

“There is either an adult or a child in a wheelchair living in each of these units,” said Karen Gerein, with the Vernon Native Housing Society, which owns the complex.

Because of fire damage, some of the units will be unavailable to the tenants for the short-term while others will require significant reconstruction.

Anyone with available ground-floor, one-levels units is asked to call 250-550-5833. A mix of one, two and three-bedroom units is required.

Donations of furniture, clothing and other household items are also being sought and they can be dropped off at the Upper Room Mission, 3403 27th Ave.

“It’s hard to see the tenants distressed like this,” said Gerein.

As part of the Emergency Social Services program, the tenants are staying in a hotel until Monday.