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Fundraiser for Ladner family who lost home in fire
An online fundraiser has been set up to help the family of six who were displaced by a house fire on 88th Street in East Ladner.
Carlos Jarquin, along with his wife Ruby and four children, Charlie, Shirley, Jasub, and Gary, had been renting the farmhouse and working as a farmhand on the De Boer property for 20 years.
Although everybody survived the Nov. 28 blaze the family lost their two birds and two dogs, Princess and Tiny. Their belongings were also destroyed.
Charlie was the only family member inside the home at the time of the fire. He awoke to find the house ablaze, and frantically searched for his brother Gary whom he believed to be home at the time.
He also reportedly re-entered the burning house to search for the dogs but couldn't find them, and was later treated for smoke inhalation at hospital.
A family friend has offered them a place to stay in a two-bedroom apartment while they find a new place to live.
Meanwhile, an online fundraiser has been set up at the website indiegogo.com under the title "Help for the Jarquin Family."
Donations had reached $3,870 as of Tuesday (Dec. 10), with 54 days remaining in the fundraising period.