A fundraising campaign is underway for Carla and Brian Wallace. Their home of 25 years at 7987 Galbraith Cres. in Central Saanich suffered extensive damage during a Sunday morning fire. (GoFundMe/Screencap)

A fundraising campaign is underway for Carla and Brian Wallace. Their home of 25 years at 7987 Galbraith Cres. in Central Saanich suffered extensive damage during a Sunday morning fire. (GoFundMe/Screencap)

Central Saanich rallies around couple who lost home of 25 years

A GoFundMe campaign is currently underway for Carla and Brian Wallace

An online fundraiser hopes to raise $100,000 for a couple devastated by Sunday’s duplex fire in Central Saanich that caused extensive damage and displaced four other individuals.

Carla and Brian Wallace escaped the duplex at 7987 Galbraith Cres. “wearing only the clothes on their backs” after having lived there for a quarter-century according Leah Carroll, who organized the fundraiser. The home suffered extensive damage during the fire.

“It’s hard to imagine the loss of the place you called home for 25 years, where you raised your children, the home that was so full of love and memories for so long,” said Carroll. “We all know Brian and Carla well, and they are the last people in the world who deserve this.”

RELATED: Six people escape early Sunday morning fire in Central Saanich unharmed

RELATED: Residents of a Central Saanich duplex ‘fortunate’ to escape Sunday morning fire

As of Wednesday afternoon, 24 donors had raised $3,550.

According to Carroll, the couple lost everything in the fire. “Though they’re so grateful to have made it out safely, some items are not replaceable, wedding rings, family photos, and the memories that were made inside their family home,” she said.

The campaign is also asking for donations of clothing, furnishings and equipment among other items with Caroll accepting them on the couple’s behalf.

“During this tragic and traumatic time, we’re hoping that all of the family and friends who love Brian and Carla, can come together and make this life-changing event a little more bearable for them,” she said.

Writing on Facebook, Brian Wallace said he and his wife are safe and unharmed. “We would also like to thank all of you who have, and will, reached out to us with kindness, love and offers to help us get through this most difficult time,” he said.

Two local children living in the neighbourhood (Finlay Jobe and Eamon Lee) and two of their friends have also started a door-to-door fundraising campaign, having raised $223 as of Wednesday afternoon, with more fundraising scheduled in the coming days. (Almost half of the money — $100 — came from Lee’s own savings).

Kelly Richardson, Finlay’s mother, said her son felt very badly about what happened after speaking with his friends, including Eamon, who lives close to the site of the fire. “They came up with the idea to go out after school and go door-to-door and just try to raise some money,” she said.

Richardson, who lives about a block away, said she did not see the fire, nor does her family know any of the affected individuals. “But we knew of it,” she said. “Everybody was talking about it in the neighbourhood. It’s a pretty tight-knit neighbourhood.”

The fire remains under investigation.


Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

wolfgang.depner@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

Finlay Jobe, Eamon Lee and Naomi Forsyth Sanford are among those raising funds for individuals displaced by Sunday’s fire at 7987 Galbraith Cres. Their friend Quinton Sergent (not pictured) has also helped the cause. (Kelly Richardson/Submitted)

Finlay Jobe, Eamon Lee and Naomi Forsyth Sanford are among those raising funds for individuals displaced by Sunday’s fire at 7987 Galbraith Cres. Their friend Quinton Sergent (not pictured) has also helped the cause. (Kelly Richardson/Submitted)

Just Posted

Divyesh Nagarajan, third from the left, has founded the Be My Friend project to bring support and companionship to vulnerable youth and address North Saanich’s food security challenges. (Courtesy of Divyesh Nagarajan)
Greater Victoria teen looks to connect vulnerable youth with a buddy, bolster food security

Be My Friend project was founded by St. Michaels University School student Divyesh Nagarajan

The City of Victoria is proposing a northern contraction from Haultain Street to Bay Street with a western contraction from Cook Street to Chambers Street for Fernwood. (Illustration/Google Maps)
Community association calls for input on Victoria boundary changes

City of Victoria proposes changes to neighbourhood borders

These are just a handful of Vancouver Island’s missing person cases. Clockwise from top left: Lisa Marie Young, Lindsey Nicholls, Micheal Dunahee, Jesokah Adkens, Belinda Cameron and Emma Fillipoff. (File photos courtesy of family members and police departments)
Gorge skull fragment could bring closure to one Greater Victoria missing person case

Skeletal remains found in Greater Victoria have not yet been identified

Patrick OLeary won $1 million in the March 24 draw of the Lotto 6/49. (BCLC image)
Sooke man cashes $1-million lottery ticket

The excavator operator had to look twice to confirm the win

Victoria police worked to arrest as many people with active warrants as possible during #VicPDWarrantWednesday May 12. (Black Press Media file photo)
Victoria policemake over 20 arrests during #VicPDWarrantWednesday

Officers were working to locate people with active arrest warrants

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

A nurse asks screening questions at an immunization appointment in Nanaimo earlier this year. (Shawn Wagar/Island Health photo)
Island Health appreciates nurses answering the call in challenging times

Health authority draws attention to National Nursing Week

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the shooting of a Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation woman in the Ucluelet First Nation community of Hitacu on May 8. (Black Press Media file photo)
Indigenous woman shot by police was holding a replica gun, says Ucluelet First Nation

Woman has been identified as a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

Most Read