A fire that began around 11:30 a.m. ripped through a house in Greenwood on Saturday, leaving the Wellington Street structure charred and collapsed by 3:30 in the afternoon.
The Greenwood fire department attacked the fire just west of the Greenwood Car Wash throughout the afternoon. An employee at a nearby business and firefighters confirmed to the Boundary Creek Times that occupants of the building were safely evacuated.
In the wake of the disaster, community members are rallying to fundraise for the homeowner. A donation jar is currently accepting cash at the Greenwood Canco.
Geneva Blair, who was already organizing a coffeehouse-style variety show for the end of November, has also said that the event will be a fundraiser for the homeowner.
On Nov. 30, the by-donation event will run at the McArthur Centre in Greenwood and Blair said that all proceeds raised beyond the hall rental fee will go directly to help the homeowner.
“Originally I was hoping to put it together for something in the community, but I figure, if we can help him out, why not?” Blair said.