The Gold River Volunteer Fire Department was called about 2:30 am for reports of a fire in a block of mobile homes in the downtown area.
At least two Gold River mobile homes were destroyed in an early morning fire Saturday.
The Gold River Volunteer Fire Department was called about 2:30 am for reports of a fire in a block of mobile homes in the downtown area. The crew arrived to find two mobile homes fully engulfed in flames and the fire threatening to spread. Several trees were also on fire.
The volunteer team of seven firefighters hooked up to hydrants in the area and surrounded the blaze. With support from Campbell River Fire Rescue, crews were able to contain the fire, which took nearly eight hours to extinguish.
Two mobile homes were destroyed, and another was badly damaged and will likely be written off, said Gold River Fire Chief John McPherson. Four other homes were damaged.
“There were no injuries and no fatalities,” he said. “Everyone removed themselves from the fire scene quickly and in adequate time.”
Emergency Support Services found local hotels for those who lost their homes and had no one to stay with.
“There’s always lots of support in this community,” McPherson said.
Gold River Mayor Brad Unger said a fire like this has a big impact on the village of 1,400 people.
“Everybody is affected because everybody knows everybody,” he said. “It’s very devastating for a small community. It’s devastating anywhere.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.