Blaze doesn’t conquer spirits in Hope

Canyon Carpets and Jay's Appliances and Repair were destroyed in a tragic fire, but Hope is moving forward in the aftermath.

Canyon Carpets and its neighbouring business Jay's Appliances and Repair

Two local businesses were decimated late Saturday night after a blaze that began around 9:30 p.m. erupted, savagely destroying Canyon Carpets and three residential apartments within the structure on Wallace Street, before moving onto neighbouring business Jay’s Appliance and Repair.

“The town has been awesome — the response has been overwhelming,” said Canyon Carpet business owner Suzy Shaw, on the emotional journey of her and her husband Jim.

It would have been the 25th anniversary of the store’s grand opening on June 1st, according to the Shaw’s who demonstrated a level of stoicism in the face of their devastating loss.

“People have shown overwhelming support. There are not enough good things that I can say about the support that people have shown us — we’ve been offered buildings,” she said.

Safety was the primary concern for the Shaw’s who worried for the tenants in the three apartments in the building and their neighbour Jay Thomm from Jay’s Appliance.

“We lost a lot of personal things in the fire, but we’re moving forward and we’re going to keep positive — we’ve got a lot of customers,” said Shaw. “Jim and I would like to thank everybody involved.”

Any contributions for the recovery of the fire will be channeled toward the care of the tenants who lost their homes and for Jay Thomm at the request of the Shaw’s.

The united efforts of over twenty volunteer firefighters in an amalgamation of Hope and Yale firefighting crews and with limited resources, were able to subdue further damage to nearby structures that crews were able to protect from the blaze.

“The cause will likely go undetermined, it’s not suspicious,” said Fire Chief Tom DeSorcy from the District of Hope.

“We arrived on the scene and decided it was dangerous and went on the defensive posture.”

There was a large fuel load with paints and carpeting which is petroleum based according to DeSorcy. The combination helped fuel the fire and escalate the speed and intensity of the blaze.

“My team reacted — they’re the best and they did an excellent job,” said DeSorcy of the heroic efforts of the volunteer fire department.

No one was injured in the fire and the cause remains undisclosed.

“It’s sad to see the loss of two buildings in our community that housed two active businesses and three residential apartments,” said Mayor Wilfried Vicktor.

A crew was still on site Sunday morning and throughout the day to oversee remaining hotspots.

“Thoughts and prayers go out to those involved and a special thanks to the fire personnel who worked tirelessly to contain the blaze to the smallest area possible,” said Vicktor.

Canyon Carpets re-opened Wednesday June, 3rd and is currently operating out of 326 Wallace Street next to the Blue Moose from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A special thanks goes out to Wes Bergman for his help with the facilitation of the temporary location. Supplies and samples should all be available by the weekend.

“Thanks to everyone for your support,” the Shaw’s told The Hope Standard.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Former Chilliwack city councillor’s breach of trust case resolved using ‘alternative measures’

Charges dropped against Sam Waddington who faced two counts from 2017 related to allegations

Adam Smith resigns as Sardis Falcons football head coach

Sukh Parmar takes over as Smith heads back to Manitoba to take care of his ailing mother

UBC soccer star Victory Shumbusho offers one-on-one training for Chilliwack players

The Chilliwack FC grad believes players need more training to reach higher levels of soccer

Wings and Wheels fundraiser ready to roll in Abbotsford this weekend

Unique collection of cars invading Tradex for drive-thru experiences on Saturday and Sunday

FoodMesh taking its emergency food recovery project nationwide

Pilot project in Chilliwack helped show that food surpluses could be diverted to charities in need

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Displaced tenant ‘heartbroken’ to find Langley City condo robbed after fire

Wedding rings of Michelle Buchan’s have since been recovered, but much is still missing

Canucks fan risks life to celebrate at Surrey intersection

‘All fun and games until somebody falls out an open side door of the van’

‘Agitated’ man pulls out knife on 3 people in Abbotsford

Witnesses sought for incident on Monday night near city hall

Most Read