A family that lost their home to fire earlier this week says they are overwhelmed by the support they are receiving from people in Williams Lake and as far away as Kamloops.
On Tuesday afternoon, Todd and Tawnya Isnardy’s two-storey home on their ranch at Macalister was completely destroyed by fire.
Since then, support has been pouring in from members of the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association where Todd is the president of the executive, as well as from the Williams Lake Rustlers Rugby Club and the Kamloops Rugby Club, and from people who work in the provincial government building where Tawnya is employed with the Ministry of Environment.
“Todd and I would like to thank everyone for their support,” she said. “We do have insurance so I don’t want people to be worried about that.”
It is not known what started the fire, Tawnya said.
She was away in Surrey with work when a neighbour called Todd to let him know the house was on fire.
“Todd and his dad got there, but the fire was fast,” Tawnya said, adding all of their pets were OK.
“The McLeese Lake Volunteer Fire Department did attend, but by the time they arrived there was nothing they could do except keep the nearby trees from catching fire.”
The Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association executive sent out an e-mail to parents Wednesday asking for donations for the family.
“Together we are stronger in good times and in tough ones,” the e-mail noted.
For now the Isnardys and their two sons are staying with Tawnya’s parents, but will need to have housing on the ranch as soon as possible because of the livestock.
Williams Lake hockey families are rallying for their local hockey association executive president Todd Isnardy and his wife Tawnya after their home was lost to a fire.
In an e-mail asking for donations, the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association Executive said all of the Isnardy family members and pets are safe, but they will need to rebuild as the fire was devastating.
The Isnardies lived at Macalister, about 40 kilometres north of Williams Lake.
“Hockey families are the best and I know that we can come together in hard times to support each other. Together we are stronger in good times and in tough ones,” noted the e-mail from the executive.