Help to rebuild firehall - BC News

A fundraising campaign by an RV dealership group will help rebuild the Loon Lake firehall destroyed in 2017's Elephant Hill wildfire.

Fraserway RV is allocating $275,000 towards replacement of the hall, one of more than 60 structures that were burned in the destructive wildfire.

Adventurer Group dealerships started the campaign to help rebuild wildfire-ravaged communities. With an original goal of $500,000, the campaign raised a total of $670,000.

The funds were raised these by donating $1,500 from every RV sold in B.C. and $750 from those sold at its seven dealerships outside the province, 10 per cent on parts and rentals, as well as matching donations by its 800-plus employees.

“We are happy to be a small part of the rebuilding initiative,” said campaign spokesperson Amanda Henschell.

In addition to the Loon Lake firehall, the funds are being allocated towards community food banks, the Samaritan’s Purse, Canadian Red Cross, secondary breakfast programs in Clearwater and Barriere, along with $20,000 to match funds raised to replace a fire truck in Cache Creek.

There is still $80,000 to be designated, and fire-affected communities are encouraged to email [email protected] for an application.

Photo: CTV News

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m.

Police say the death of a woman in a Saanich park is suspicious, CTV News reports.

The body was discovered on a bench at Rutledge Park about 8:30 a.m.

The scene was behind police tape through the morning.

The middle-aged woman has yet to be identified.

ORIGINAL: 10:45....

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