Single mom, 6 kids homeless after Winnipeg house fire

A single mother of six in Winnipeg has found herself with nowhere to go and nothing to give her kids on Christmas morning after the family lost everything in a house fire.

See Full Article

Candyce Pelletier’s six children range in age from four to 15. On Friday afternoon, the older children looked after the younger ones while Pelletier went to a medical appointment.

At some point, it seems that the four-year-old got his hands on a lighter and accidentally started a fire. Unfortunately, instead of calling 9-1-1, the children called a family friend who raced over to the house and told them to get out.

By the time firefighters arrived, the fire had all but destroyed the family's rental home.

The children were treated for smoke inhalation and while there were no serious injuries, their house is now uninhabitable and all their property is destroyed. The family cat also died in the blaze.

What’s more, Pelletier had no insurance. She says one of her sons didn't even have shoes on when he fled from the house into the snow outside.

"It's hard. Like, it's six days before Christmas,” Pelletier told CTV Winnipeg between tears.

For now, the family is staying at a hotel, watching movies. But they can’t stay at the hotel for long and Pelletier doesn’t even know where they will be for Christmas morning.

Mary Ann Funk, who works with the charitable organization Living Bible Explorers, says she has known the family for about four years.

"I was right away really shocked and devastated for her. I know she's been struggling and so it's just another thing on top of a lot of heartache,” she told CTV Winnipeg.

Funk is now appealing for donations of food and clothing to get the family through the next few days. She’s asking for those who would like to donate funds to go to their website.

Pelletier worries if she can't find a place to stay soon, the family may have to be split up for the holidays.

"It's hard enough just to buy them their winter stuff and their clothes they need. And then to be this close to Christmas and then have this happen? It's even worse,” she said.

With a report from CTV Winnipeg’s Ben Miljure



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Crowds protest against anti-black racism, police impunity in Montreal

    Canada News CTV News
    Protests form across U.S. demanding end to police violence Crowds protest against anti-black racism, police impunity in Montreal Source
  • Tornado warning called in southern Alberta, meteorologists track storm

    Canada News CTV News
    CALGARY -- Officials say a tornado alert has been issued in southern Alberta, and a funnel cloud was spotted near Airdrie Sunday afternoon. Environment Canada called a severe thunderstorm bulletin for the area earlier in the day. Source
  • Ottawa pledges millions to promote tourism within Canada amid COVID-19 pandemic

    Canada News CBC News
    Ottawa is earmarking millions of dollars to promote holiday travel inside Canada as it seeks to help the tourism industry weather the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds announced by Economic Development Minister Melanie Joly on Sunday include $30 million originally intended to attract foreign visitors through the federal tourism marketing agency, Destination Canada. Source
  • 'I didn’t have a voice': Former NHL player Akim Aliu discusses racial divides in hockey

    Canada News CTV News
    TORONTO -- Former NHL forward Akim Aliu is calling on the league to do more to end the racism that “permeates the culture of hockey” as protests fueled by rage over police mistreatment of African Americans flares in the U.S. Source
  • 85 migrant workers test positive in latest Ontario farm outbreak

    Canada News CBC News
    A farm operation in Norfolk County, south of Simcoe, is the latest agricultural facility in Ontario to declare a COVID-19 outbreak after 85 migrant workers tested positive for the virus. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit said Sunday that five workers have been hospitalized and approximately 25 others who tested positive are showing symptoms of the virus. Source
  • 'No justice, no peace': Protests resume in NYC for fourth day

    World News CTV News
    New York City officials were looking for a peaceful way forward as the city entered a fourth day of protests against police brutality that have left police cars burned and led to the arrest of hundreds of people. Source
  • 'No justice, no peace': Protests resume in New York for fourth day

    World News CTV News
    New York City officials were looking for a peaceful way forward as the city entered a fourth day of protests against police brutality that have left police cars burned and led to the arrest of hundreds of people. Source
  • Season's first tropical storm drenches part of Central America

    World News CTV News
    SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR -- The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific season drenched parts of Central America on Sunday and officials in El Salvador said at least seven people had died in flooding. President Nayib Bukele decreed a 15-day state of emergency to deal with the rains that began pounding the country on Friday ahead of Tropical Storm Amanda's landfall on Sunday. Source
  • Notre Dame forecourt opens to public after long cleanup

    World News CTV News
    PARIS -- Notre Dame Cathedral's forecourt is being opened up to the public for the first time since the devastating fire of April 15 last year. The body overseeing the Gothic structure's restoration issued a statement Sunday saying that the reopening was finally made possible after several deep clean operations took place to remove toxic lead dust from the large forecourt. Source
  • Dispatches from Yosemite: Alone with the bears and beauty

    World News CTV News
    The glacier-carved valleys of Yosemite National Park have been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. Locked down amid cascading waterfalls and giant sequoias, the kids and their families have passed afternoons hiking empty trails, rafting in the river and walking with wildlife now thriving in the near absence of humans. Source