The Hope Fire Department arrived to a fully involved single-family house fire in Silver Creek on Jan. 24. Facebook

Vacant housefire in Silver Creek leaves single mother looking for a new home

Sherrie Gladstone was supposed to move into the home a few days after it burned down

In an already tight housing market, Silver Creek is down another rental property after a 2 bedroom house was consumed by flames on Thursday, Jan. 24.

“I was going to start moving things in there this past weekend,” said Sherrie Gladstone, who had recently agreed to rent the property.

“I took my mom in there because I wanted her advice on wanting to take it or not, and even she loved it,” said Gladstone during a telephone interview with The Hope Standard.

“I’ve been looking for housing for like a year and a half and I had finally found something just perfect for us where my child could have her own room, I was allowed my pets, and I was closer to my parents.”

The single family home on Marie Street caught fire last Thursday evening, and when firefighters arrived on scene they found the house already totally engulfed in flames.

“The call came in just after seven o’clock,” said Tom DeSorcy, chief fire officer for the Hope and District Fire Hall. “We responded immediately and took a defensive posture, (which) means we were dealing with the protection of neighbouring properties.

“The fire was contained to the house but a neighbouring mobile home suffered some heat damage, and a shed or outbuilding (on the opposite side also) suffered fire damage.

“It took a while to control the fire as it was well-involved when we arrived,” continued DeSorcy. “We had 17 firefighters on scene and it took about four and a half hours to completely extinguish the fire.”

“I was so disappointed, upset and stressed out (to learn about the fire) because that was the perfect place,” said Gladstone.

“I talked to (my current) landlord and I can stay another month because the house burned down,” but we’re still in need of a place immediately, continued the single mother.

“Maybe there’s something better out there for us, but we’re looking for the same sort of thing where I can have my child, my pets, and be closer to my family.”

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