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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Community Rallies for Fire Victims

Ravenna | by Matt Villeneuve  

A gofundme page has been set up to help 13 people left homeless from Monday's fire.

A farmhouse was destroyed by fire on Monday, leaving 13 people homeless. (photo by Claire McCormack)  

The Grey County community is again rallying to support the victims of a devastating fire in the village of Ravenna in the Town of the Blue Mountains.

A gofundme page has been established to solicit donations for the 13 people -- nine children and four adults -- left homeless when a farmhouse burned to the ground on Monday along Grey Road 2 near Grey Road 19.

The online page -- which was set up by a neighbour -- says the home belonged to Alvin Wilson, who had lived there for 80 years with his family.

The children vary in ages. There are 18 month old twins, a boy and a girl.

The other boys are aged 5, 9, 10, and 16 years old while the girls are aged 7, 12 and 14 years old.

The goal is $10,000 and, so far, more than $12,000 has been raised.

If you'd like to donate, here's the link:

The Kolapore Church on Grey Road 2 is also accepting clothing and/or blankets for the family, along with other worthwhile items and necessities.

UPDATE: Members of the Church tell Bayshore Broadcasting News they have been overwhelmed with donations for the Wilson family.

The schools where the children -- St. Vincent Euphrasia, Georgian Bay Secondary and Beaver Valley Community School -- are also collecting items for the families.

Town of the Blue Mountains Fire Chief, Rob Collins, says firefighters were alerted to the blaze at about 5:30 AM on Monday -- and damage is pegged at more than $300,000.

He says the cause hasn't been determined, but it's not considered suspicious.

The century farmhouse was equipped with working smoke alarms.

A family member contacted Bayshore Broadcasting News to say a 10 year old boy in the home heard the alarm and woke up everyone else, to get them out safely. 



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