(Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff) Five people were left homeless after two mobile homes burned at Blackfalds Estates Mobile Park last Thursday. Residents have opened their hearts to the victims with donations pouring in.

Blackfalds rallies around fire victims

Donations being dropped off at trailer park where two mobiles homes burned

A large storage container outside a Blackfalds mobile home park symbolizes the community’s generosity.

Donated by local company Castle Guard Storage, the seacan is being steadily filled by local residents eager to help the five people left homeless when two mobile homes burned last Thursday.

“It’s been amazing. We’re not a very large community but everybody just wants to help,” said Janice Ingham, park manager for Blackfalds Estates Mobile Park.

“People are bringing things like furniture and clothing, dishware and cookware. It’s really nice.”

Blackfalds may be one of the country’s fastest growing communities but it hasn’t lost its small-town generosity.

“It seems like when something goes wrong everyone just dives into help,” she said. “It’s really nice to see.”

A family of three was not home in the mobile home where the fire began around 10:15 p.m. A father and son escaped the neighbouring unit, which could not be saved from the flames whipped up by high winds.

Related story: Five left homeless after fire

At first, it appeared all were uninjured but Ingham said the father and grown son later went to hospital.

“They went in the next day because they weren’t feeling well,” she said.

“They had them on oxygen on the weekend.”

After a couple of days in hospital, they have been released and are now staying with relatives in Ponoka.

She hasn’t heard from the other family and isn’t sure where they are staying.

Ingham said fire investigators are still working on determining a cause for the blaze. An investigator was expected on site again on Wednesday.

“No news yet,” she said. “I’m anxious to get the place cleaned up. But I can’t do anything yet. They’re not done.

Town of Blackfalds spokesman Cale Frombach confirmed that no cause has been determined yet.

Frombach said many residents have been calling asking how they can help. They are being directed to Family Community Support Services.

“Right now, they’re getting a better list of what kind of items (the families) need. We’ve had a lot of people wanting to donate things.”

To offer help or donations call 403-600-9066.

pcowley@reddeeradvocate.com

Just Posted

Central Albertans recall Hawaii’s false missile alert

Former Red Deer councillor Paul Harris was hanging out at the Ka’anapali… Continue reading

Human waste ‘backlog’ from Red Deer to be spread on farmers’ fields this spring

Council approved $1 million to compensate for loss of crops

Red Deer city council tries to find more cost-savings

Many spending proposals are queried, discussed

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Red Deer man sentenced for child porn

Man sentenced to one year in prison after being arrested in major anti-child pornography operation

Replay Red Deer Jan. 14: Watch news highlights in pictures

Stories mentioned: Red Deer RCMP seize large quantity of cocaine: Read more… Continue reading

Advocate poll takers oppose plastic bag ban

Red Deer Advocate readers like their plastic bags. In an Advocate poll,… Continue reading

Photo: Chilly work in Veterans’ Park

What a chilly job but somebody has to do it.… Continue reading

Boy, 15, one of three hit in Vancouver shooting

Police believe a man in his 20s was the target of the shooting

UBCO psychology professor placed under supervision with focus on “boundary issues”

Dr. Stephen Porter has stepped aside from his teaching duties

Alberta elementary school teacher arrested on child porn charges

Investigators charged a 44-year-old Pincher Creek man with possessing, accessing, and distributing child pornography

Report: Health problems could arise as Alaska warms

Climate change in Alaska has the potential to create serious physical and… Continue reading

U.S. cold snap was a freak of nature, quick analysis finds

Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold… Continue reading

Canadian Kennel Club seeking to add 12 more dogs to its pack

2018’s incoming class could include the Portuguese sheepdog, Tibetan mastiff, rat terrier and Spanish water dog

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month