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Community rallies in support of woman who lost three pets in fire

Fundraiser launched for victim of Thursday's Diamond Valley house fire.
Diamond Valley station chief Deanna Hintze carries a cat rescued after crews extinguished a small fire in Diamond Valley on Feb. 2, 2023

Residents of Diamond Valley are coming together in a show of support for a neighbour who lost three animals in a house fire Thursday morning. 

Keegan Donaldson posted to a community Facebook page Friday identifying his mom Rebecca as the victim. 

"I am devastated by the news yesterday, my mother lost her home in a house fire," he wrote. "Along with that, she lost everything in the home and 3 animals did not make it out." 

Residents flocked to the comments, offering clothes, furniture and even a place to stay. 

One individual, who identified herself as a delivery person for Pizza Hut, offered to buy the family a meal. 

The man has started a GoFundMe in support of his mother which has since raised more than $3,300 in one day. 

Though the structure of the home in salvageable, it needs to be gutted and renovated to make it livable. 

"Any donation is greatly appreciated, [and] will go towards helping my mother get back on her feet and relieve some of the stress that will follow," Donaldson wrote. 

Diamond Valley and Foothills fire departments were on scene alongside EMS and RCMP following a call just before 11 a.m. Feb. 2. Deputy Fire Chief Gerry Rooke said the fire began in the kitchen. 

Donations to the fundraiser can be made here

Lauryn Heintz

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