The fire quickly engulfed the home so quickly the family barely had time to grab a few possessions

Fire destroys family home one day after Million Steps walker returns home

Charred remains are all that’s left of Tim Michalchuk and Shannon Dickson’s Hagensborg home.

Charred remains are all that’s left of Tim Michalchuk and Shannon Dickson’s Hagensborg home. Just one day after Tim returned from his “Million Steps for MS” walk for his wife, their family home burned to the ground.

The property was shared by Tim and Shannon’s young family, which includes their young son and daughter Peter and Mave, and their adult children; two daughters and a young granddaughter.

Dickson said the fire started in the trailer located behind theirs, which is occupied by their daughters and granddaughter.

“The fire started in the front corner of my daughters trailer situated behind our house, in their living room. I walked from my dining room to the kitchen and saw the flames,” Shannon explained. “I yelled to the girls and Chelsea ran out yelling. Tim ran in our house thinking it was our place, but I told him it was the trailer. By the time I got to the trailer the living room, kitchen and Heather’s bedroom were engulfed in flames.”

The fire has dealt a devastating blow to a family already struggling with the strain of Shannon’s MS. Nothing was salvageable from the flames, as it spread so quickly the family felt fortunate to escape with their lives. They lost almost all of their possessions save a few sentimental items, and some of their beloved pets.

“The girl’s trailer was fully engulfed within 10 minutes. It was about 30 to 45 minutes before our house was engulfed and rescuing things was not an option,” said Dickson. “Mave and Peter lots all their toys and clothing, I guess we all did.”

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help, and several benefits are being held in the community including Bingos, a music night, and muffin sales at the elementary school. The family is still in need of basic items such as clothing and household goods. You can find out more on their GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/kehkkd4k or look on Facebook under “A Million Steps” or “Tim and Shannon House Fire Support.”

 

Just Posted

Pregnant Cariboo firefighter tries to save own house from blaze

Julia Flinton and Anthony Sellars both worked on the 2017 wildfires

Road report for Highway 20

Fog patches and slippery sections; Drive BC

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

Mining company prospecting for gold near Bella Coola

Gold discovered in alpine areas where glaciers are receding

‘Tripod’ delays access to Unist’ot’en camp

Social media rumours of cultural significance quashed, meaning police “exclusion zones” should end.

First Nation supporters march to Horgan’s MLA office

Dozens marched across the Greater Victoria community of Langford to support the Wet’suwet’en people

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

Ratfish generates social media buzz on Vancouver Island

Boneless, glowing creature a common bycatch, but it usually stays in deep waters – fish expert

UPDATE: Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Theresa May wins no-confidence vote after Brexit deal rejection

UK PM can keep her job, after House of Commons voted 325-306

SUV wedged on top of car in B.C. mall parking lot has customers confused

The accident occurred Tuesday, no injuries were reported

Most Read