The community is being encouraged to continue helping out those who lost everything in an apartment building fire in Tsawwassen earlier this month.
Delta fire crews were called to the 39-unit Tsawwassen Terrace apartment building in the 5500block of 16th Avenue just before 2 a.m. on Friday, July 13. A fire had started in an apartment on the second floor and quickly spread to adjoining units. One person died.
Fire crews were able to contain the fire to a few suites, however, 13 suites were damaged by either the fire or smoke and water.
The building's owner, Century Group, notes tenants in four suites lost all their belongings, for which the company hosted a shortterm drop-off centre for donations of furniture and household goods. All other tenants are in the process of removing their possessions from their suites over the next two weeks.
Century Group says it has been able to relocate many tenants to other apartment buildings in its portfolio, and others have found their own new homes.
If members of the community would like to assist the residents with the costs of relocation and other hardships, Century Group says it highly encourages monetary donations.
The company has established a trust account for all financial donations at the Royal Bank's Tsawwassen branch. Anyone in the community can donate to the fund directly, and no account number is needed. The fund is called "Victims of Tsawwassen Terrace Fire."
In addition, Shannon Taylor at the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall is promoting a fundraiser by selling reusable shopping bags for $5 each, available at Sublime Art Supplies & Gallery. All proceeds go to the fund.
Delta police Const. Ciaran Feenan said the police investigation has wrapped up and foul play is not suspected. The cause of the fire is under investigation and the file has been turned of to the BC Coroners Service.
The name of the victim, a male in his 40s, has not been released until next of kin have been notified.
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