Out of the destruction from the wildfire in the Whiteshell, comes a story of a community coming together.
Some local businesses and residents have stepped forward, donating services, time, and anything they can.
Evacuees have been waiting to hear when they can return home. But are hesitant to leave the area.
Owners of the resort in West Hawk, Barb and Lionel St. Goddard have been giving evacuees a free place to stay. “We had lots of room. We know all of the Ingulf-ers as family, as we’re such a close community. They come in our store all the time.” She said that it was just the right thing to do. “It feels good to help them. If I was in their shoes it would feel great to have it done for me. Pay it forward.”
St. Goddard added that locals have been helping each other put in safeguards to protect their homes and businesses, like sprinklers, and that all around everyone is just helping each other.
Lional St. Goddard, along with trying to protect his own property on Caddy Lake, and help to run a resort, is also a volunteer firefighter. Many rural volunteer firefighter groups have come to the area to pitch in, putting in long days. Fire crews from all over Canada have joined in the effort.
As of this morning, the wildfire near Caddy Lake is now more than 50 per cent contained.