Opinion

Hoping for a bright future

It’s been a pretty intense week for Williams Lake due to the fire at the Williams Inn on Friday night and the chlorine incident at the Sam Ketcham Pool on Sunday morning.

Many people have been through a lot as a result of both incidents — low income tenants, athletes, children and adults, firefighters, emergency personnel, the list goes on.

But it’s obvious this community has recognized that, as help has been coming in from so many people in the community. And it still continues to pour in via organizations that are accepting and distributing donations.

And it’s evident that the generosity and caring shown is noticed by many of those who are receiving the help.

The Tribune was fortunate to speak to several of the fire victims this week, and every single one interviewed expressed their deep and heartfelt appreciation to this wonderful community.

Speaking to tenants Justin Vedan, Randi Gorcak,  Dale Delayen, Brian Collins, and David Faubert was a touching and heart-warming experience, and I thank them for sharing their stories with us and the rest of the community (see pages A1, A2, and A3).

We are not sure what their future has in store for them but we hope it is a bright and safe one.

As for those affected by the chlorine incident, we are glad that no one seems to be seriously injured.

Though one child was kept in hospital following the incident, which is still being investigated, he was expected to be released yesterday after being on oxygen.

We will continue to follow up on both incidents to find out what caused them and if anything different can be done to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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