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Neighbours meet while responding to fire

The owner of a trailer along Hodgson Road shows Rick Jelley of the Williams Lake Fire Department around his property, as neighbour George Gonyer looks on. A fire had started in the well pump and Gonyer and his step-father Ron Handfield threw water on it before fire crews arrived. - Angie Mindus photo
The owner of a trailer along Hodgson Road shows Rick Jelley of the Williams Lake Fire Department around his property, as neighbour George Gonyer looks on. A fire had started in the well pump and Gonyer and his step-father Ron Handfield threw water on it before fire crews arrived.
— image credit: Angie Mindus photo

By Angie Mindus

George Gonyer likely made a pretty good impression on his new neighbour Thursday.

Gonyer and his step-father, Ron Handfield, arrived to do some work on Gonyer’s new home on Hodgson Road when they noticed smoke billowing out of a trailer next door just after 1 p.m.

Handfield and Gonyer jumped into action to try to find the trouble, the same time the owner also arrived home.

“I didn’t know what to do,” said Gonyer. “I just threw some water on it and hoped the guy’s house wouldn’t burn down — especially this close to Christmas.”

Goyner said the Williams Lake Fire Department arrived on scene within minutes to put out the fire, which had spread on a corner of the trailer.

Goyner grew up in Williams Lake, but made his home elsewhere until moving to Mackin Creek five years ago.

Gonyer said he moved to the Hodgson Road area this week, drawn to the rural feel of the neighbourhood.

 

He said he’ll be offering any help his neighbour might need.

 

 

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