Community rallies behind fire-stricken family
Rebecca Leger and Amanda Price died in electrical fire Wednesday
Thousands of dollars have been raised to support a western Quebec family devastated by a fatal fire this week — and efforts aren't stopping there.
A fundraiser in Thurso, Que., on Saturday raised around $6,000 plus donated goods for the family that lost two young girls in an electrical fire Wednesday.
"It's a terrible tragedy so anything we can do to help, we do it," said Thurso resident Marc Denis.
Eight people were inside the home in the small community about 45 kilometres east of the capital region when the fire began.
Eight-year-old Rebecca Leger and three-year-old Amanda Price were found dead in an upstairs room despite efforts of their father and fire crews.
Natashas Fortin, her boyfriend Martin Leger and a 12-year-old girl remain in hospital, while a six-month-old baby, a young boy and 11-year-old family friend Anouck Robineau have been released.
Calls from other communities that want to help
Saturday’s fundraiser was a door-to-door effort by dozens, spearheaded by the Knights of Columbus and tracked on a large board in the community centre.
"The response I have from everybody who comes with the cans is that everybody was very, very generous," said Michel Des Ourmeaux.
"I see that with my board, we got a lot of money that came in."
"This morning I had some people coming… call from Gatineau, call from Ottawa. They want to have the address to bring money," said organizer Marguerite Piche-De Lisle
On Sunday, organizers say they’ll be collecting money and goods at the Thurso Community Centre with a new goal of $10,000 raised.
The items will be taken to a warehouse, where they’ll stay until the family is ready to start rebuilding.