Residents pitch in to help burned out family

Almost immediately a fundraising page was set up at but activity has slowed there.

This photo by Lake resident Kathy Edwards shows Mike Carver’s home on fire earlier this month. He is still trying to recover from the damage done by the flames.

The owner of the house at Park Road and North Shore Road in Lake Cowichan that burned on Dec. 2 is grateful for the way the community has stepped up to offer support.

Lake Cowichan residents were also busy last week trying to find other ways to assist the two men who lived in the single storey three-bedroom home, which proved to be a stubborn blaze for the Lake Cowichan firefighters.

Mike Carver, whose was named incorrect in the previous story, lives in the structure with his stepson, Tom Buyens.

The men are waiting to hear what various insurance adjusters have to say about possible repairs to the house and the replacement of lost or damaged furniture and personal possessions, Carver said.

Almost immediately a fundraising page was set up at but activity has slowed there.

“I haven’t heard anything more of the gofundme page than what you had in the last story but, on the other hand, both my son and me have received a lot of help from friends who’ve contributed clothes and things of that nature,” he said.

This is following a long-standing tradition at Cowichan Lake.

“They are such great people. We’re kind of quiet on the outside but when disaster strikes, they always just come charging forward,” he said.

Is the house salvageable? Will it be renovated?

Those questions are still in the hands of the insurance company, Carver said.

“We’re still going through the early stages of the insurance. We’ve had one estimator in to look at the structural damage already. We’re expecting to have another estimator arrive any day now and he will look at the damage to our furnishings and personal property and make his estimates on that. So, we’re really just waiting to see what will happen with this claim,” he said.

One of the saddest pieces of news following the fire was that Carver had lost his pet.

He was quiet for a moment as he considered if he wants to get another companion.

“Eventually, yes. I find that still hurts a lot. But, yeah, I will get another dog. I miss that companionship, but it will be a different dog. They’re all individual,” he said.

Just Posted

Officials move in on homeless camp on Lewis Street

Occupants left with no place to live

#MeToo at work: B.C. women share horrifyingly common sexual assaults

It happens to more people than you might think and impacts women inside and outside of the workplace

Column: How to learn gratitude before it’s too late

In 2009 an Australian nurse named Bronnie Ware wrote an article on “Regrets of the Dying”

Column Drivesmart: Consider safety when the fog rolls in

Speed limits the time available to process data.

VIDEO: All aboard the Christmas train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre

The Christmas Train at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan is… Continue reading

Cowichan Coffee Time: Donations and fundraising success

• Treasurer Cyndy Dinter of the Auxiliary to Cowichan District Hospital recently… Continue reading

Debt-to-household-income ratio rises in third quarter

Total household credit market debt grew to $2.11 trillion in the third quarter

B.C. Mountie told to resign after texting teenage sex assault victim

RCMP documents say Const. Brian Eden sent sexually inappropriate photos to 17-year-old girl

Family doctors should learn to treat addiction, not shun patients: scientist

B.C. Centre on Substance Use’s Dr. Evan Wood said efforts underway to change addiction medicine image

Four dog deaths investigated in Cranbrook

One vet suggests a parallel to these deaths and similar ones in 2016

Meningococcal disease outbreak declared in Okanagan

Five cases in last six months among 15- to 19-year-olds, including one in Vernon

VIDEO: Miniature Christmas village makes trip to Youbou worthwhile

It’s a trip through a winter wonderland, all set up in a room at Cassy’s Coffee House in Youbou.

Province rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops

KGHM Ajax had proposed a 1,700-hectare open-pit copper and gold mine, just southwest of Kamloops

Most Read