A young Courtenay couple is looking for help after losing everything — including their two dogs — in a house fire just over a week ago.
Fire destroyed one half of an Archery Crescent duplex and badly damaged the other in the early-morning hours of Sept. 2.
Cherie Mitchell and Don Townsend lived in destroyed side and the couple did not have fire insurance.
“It’s just been such a hard week,” an emotional Mitchell said Monday, adding losing the dogs in the fire was likely the hardest part. “It’s the first day I didn’t cry over the dogs.”
The couple is staying with friends while they look for a new place to live, and try to patch their life up.
A fundraiser at the Waverley Hotel in Cumberland is in the works, and Mitchell plans to set up some donation jars around the Comox Valley.
She also set up a Facebook page that has details about how to make a donation to the couple. It can be found by searching for the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org on the social media site.
Mitchell stressed anyone who doesn’t have fire insurance should get it.
“You don’t think it’s going to happen to you,” said Mitchell.