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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Fire Deemed Not Suspicious

South Bruce Peninsula | by Travis Jackson  

We're told that the Kimball-Renouf family have lost everything they own, and 3 members of the family remain in hospital.

A fire that destroyed a home near Oliphant early Tuesday morning is not being treated as suspicious.

Constable Adam Belanger with the Bruce Peninsula OPP says that the 17-year-old boy that was injured in the fire has been upgraded from life threatening to serious condition.

The boy is identified via a Go Fund Me page as Jared Kimball, a student at OSDSS.

48-year-old Nicole Renouf is also reportedly being treated for serious burns, 44-year-old Nyk Kimball suffered from smoke inhalation, and 18-year-old Cassie Renouf was in a separate building on the property during the fire. 

Cassie says via her Facebook page that her mom (Nicole) and step-brother (Jared) were air-lifted to London Health Sciences North after arriving at the Wiarton Hospital.

She reports that they are both stable and in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

She writes that the family also lost their pet dogs, Wendal and Wilford, who she says woke up the rest of the family and potentially saved their lives.

We're told that the family did not have insurance, but items are now being collected by Deb Diebel, a manager at the nearby Outdoor Education Centre.

Though she does not personally know anybody in the family, she has collected a number of personal items, furniture, and household items to help the family get back on their feet.

She is now co-ordinating her efforts with Cathy Beitz of South-Port Mechanical-Geothermal Inc. 

Cathy says that ''Nyk is a long-time loyal employee, Cassie is a recent employee, and Jared did his school co-op with us.''

Deb Deibel says that if you would like to help the family out, give her a call at 519-379-0864.

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