Editor’s note: More than 85 people lost their homes after a Campbell River apartment building, on the corner of 9th and Dogwood, caught fire on April 8. Two firefighters were injured, when the floor collapsed underneath them, and four people needed to be rescued, but no lives were lost. The Strathcona Regional District put out the following appeal to support victims of the Pacific Heights fire.
Accommodation and food support for residents affected by the fire at the Pacific Heights apartment
building in Campbell River has been extended until April 22. The support comes through the provincial
emergency support services (ESS) program.
Confirmation of the extended support came less than a day after the City requested an extension.
“The City of Campbell River is extremely grateful to Minister Selina Robinson and staff with the Ministry
of Municipalities and Housing for the quick response to a very unfortunate incident,” says Mayor Andy
Adams. “The province-wide teleconferences that help connect us with the Province are invaluable for
keeping up to date on the changing COVID-19 situation, and available support. This was also an
opportunity to ask for help with exceptional circumstances, such as this case, where we need a bit more
time to work with provincial and local agencies to assist people who require accommodation, furniture,
clothing and other supplies.”
Today, the Canadian Red Cross will conduct a needs assessment for tenants displaced by the fire to
determine any additional support requirements in areas such as health, income support, long-term
In addition, three pet cats have been reunited with their family through the Strathcona Emergency
Program’s Canadian Animal Disaster Response Team (CDART). This team of volunteers helps displaced
animals and is primarily composed of members from the Campbell River Partners for Animal Welfare
How You Can Help
- If you can provide short-term paid rental accommodation (up to three months) for any of the displaced residents, please contact the John Howard Society at 250-286-0611.
- If you live near the area affected by the fire and notice a missing cat, please contact CRPAWS via
- email firstname.lastname@example.org or through a Facebook message to https://www.facebook.com/CAMPBELLRIVERPAWS/
Financial contributions can be made through online donations:
- John Howard Society: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/14026 (under donation details,
- please write Pacific Heights Apartment Fire)
- United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island: https://www.uwcnvi.ca
- Canadian Red Cross: www.redcross.ca/donate
To donate items please contact Laichwiltach Family Life Society at 250-286-3430 to arrange drop off. Specific items needed: a grabber (for picking up items) and a walker with wheels. Volunteers are working to ensure all items are properly sanitized to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Strathcona Regional District and City of Campbell River intend to continue coordinating with organizations such Laichwiltach Family Life, United Way, John Howard Society and the Support Fire Evacuees Facebook group