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Fire devastates family home in Bonfield

House is a “complete loss,” but family is safe

Last night around 8 p.m. a fire ignited at the Vince Lamarche family home in Bonfield, beside Sunnyside Resort.

Fire Chief Frank Loeffen, of the East Ferris volunteer fire department, said he was called by the Bonfield fire department for assistance, and provided a tanker and personnel to battle the blaze.

“Our guys cleared at about ten-thirty” from the scene, Chief Loeffen explained, but Bonfield FD remained on site.

“I don’t have a lot of details on the cause,” at this time, he added, “but as far as I know everyone was out and there were no injuries.”

Sylvain Foisy, a cousin of the Lamarche family, confirmed the family is okay, as is their dog.

Unfortunately, the home is a “complete loss” he added, and Foisy plans to set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to support the family.

"I’m asking the community to rally and support the Vince Lamarche family after their tragic house was lost to fire. Vince and his family are the biggest givers you will ever meet. Whether you are family, a friend, or a stranger, they are there for you. I say let’s get behind these wonderful people and return the kindness and support they give to the community."

By noon Tuesday, $1,400 was raised of a $15,000 goal

Keep an eye on the Facebook group Nosbonsing News for updates on the fundraiser.

Before arriving at the fire, Chief Loeffen and his team were dispatched to some fallen trees on hydro lines when they received the call to assist Bonfield.

The storm was brewing, and although the rain poured, “once the fire gets inside the structure” the rain “doesn’t help a whole lot.”

About the Author: David Briggs

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter covering civic and diversity issues for BayToday. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada
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