Fort St. John couple needs help after apartment fire losses

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A Fort St. John couple are looking for support to rebuild their lives after losing their possessions in an apartment fire last week.

Conrad and Shayna Worth say they left to go grocery shopping around 4:15 p.m. on March 12. An hour later, they received a call that their apartment, in the 9600 Block of 98A Avenue, had caught fire.

They have set up a crowdfunding campaign asking for $5,000 to replace what they lost. Nearly $2,000 has been raised so far.

"We unfortunately lost everything either to smoke or fire damage," they said. "We've never had anything like this happen to us and we are at a loss. Anything donated would be greatly appreciated and it will go a long way."

Fort St. John firefighters were called out to the fire just before 5 p.m. Fire Chief Darrell Blades says a bystander was using a shovel to throw snow into a basement suite window to slow the fire before crews arrived.

Once on scene, crews quickly extinguished the fire before it could spread beyond the couple's apartment, he said. Fire damage was limited to the apartment, with smoke damage impacting the remaining three suites.

The fire remains under investigation, but is not considered suspicious, Blades said.

Conrad's mother, Gaby Hansen, says the two lost it all in the fire, and is also urging the public for support.

"My son and his wife have lost everything in this apartment fire and are in dire need to rebuild," she told Alaska Highway News.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News