WHITE ROCK — A condo owner who once lived above Cosmos Greek Restaurant says she hasn’t been back to the building since the fire because “it would be too emotional.”
Lori Farrow was in California for a work-related conference when she received a text April 6 letting her know that her condo was on fire.
She flew back to B.C. the following day.
“It was quite surreal. I was in disbelief,” she told Peace Arch News Thursday.
White Rock fire Chief Phil Lemire told PAN that unattended candles were the source of the fire.
While the cause has been classified as an accident, White Rock RCMP Const. Chantal Sears said police are still investigating.
“We are looking at something right now. It’s not a concluded file,” Const. Sears said Tuesday.
Several businesses to the east of Cosmos have been closed since the fire.
Farrow said she lost everything and has been couch surfing, staying with friends and family since the fire.
“I’m just waiting for insurance to help out a bit because of the asbestos in some of our units, they said nothing will be salvageable, probably,” Farrow noted.
She said a portion of her neighbours are staying in hotels for the time being, and she hopes to do the same once her insurance is sorted out.
Efforts are underway to assist those who were displaced by the fire. A GoFundMe page that was launched had collected $215 as of Tuesday. Those needing assistance, or wanting to help, may contact Peter Klenner at 604-209-5570.
Jim Clapp, resident of Harrison Hot Springs, is in the midst of organizing a benefit concert for the fire victims.
He told PAN Tuesday that he had 12 bands lined up for the May 6 event, all proceeds are dedicated to the fire victims.
The concert is to begin at 12 p.m. at the Semiahmoo Park. Clapp said he’s looking for some food donations and a sponsor for the event, his phone number is 778-878-5830.