Paul Riddoch, seen here with daughter Berlyn, is grateful for the outpouring of assistance that resulted when his family lost their Langley home to fire.

Langley family who lost everything in house fire says thank you

Praise heaped on community for generosity in the wake of blaze that left them homeless

The day after the March 26 fire that destroyed their Langley home, Paul and Tamara Riddoch loaded up with coffee and doughnuts, packed up their two-year-old daughter Berlyn and made the rounds of the firefighters and police who came to their aid, dropping in at local fire halls and the RCMP detachment building.

They wanted to say thanks.

“They deserve recognition,” Paul Riddoch told The Times.

The family, who did not have insurance, lost everything to the fire that destroyed their rented home in the 4500 block of 208 Street.

“We really felt lost at first,” Riddoch said.

But in the days that followed, the family has been flooded with donations, and offers of assistance, everything from clothing to furniture to toys for Berlyn.

Lots of toys.

“She’s pretty much got everything she had and more,” Riddoch said.

“We’re so grateful to be a community like this.”

More than 100 gift cards have been donated as well.

And a professional photographer has offered to take new pictures to replace the family photos that were lost in the fire.

For now, the family is staying with Riddoch’s mother while they search for a new home in Langley that is up to the standards of their old place.

“We’re being picky,” he said.

The landlord they shared their previous home with was “awesome” Riddoch said, and the 208 Street property, with its big back yard and generous parking, was perfect for a family with a dog and a home-based business.

Riddoch said their dog, a three-year-old labrador named Charlie, is the most upset about the fire because the condo his mother owns doesn’t have a yard for him to play in.

“He’s [Charlie] pretty bummed out.”

Riddoch said his daughter occasionally indicates that she wants to go home, but other than that, she seems to be doing just fine.

“We may have lost everything, but we have ourselves,” he said.

“We have each other. We’re blessed.”

Riddoch said the family is grateful to the many people who have come forward since the fire for their generosity and wants them to know that dad, mom, daughter and dog are all right.

“We’re doing great,” Riddoch said. “We’re happy.”

Just Posted

Fort Langley gets ‘flower-bombed’

Suprise inspired by New York florist

Langley Fastball Association wins Association of the Year

Award at SoftballBC Awards Gala in Kamloops

Langley Olympians swimmers selected for Swim BC provincial training squad

Program develops podium potential and results at major international competitions

Langley rollover crash slows traffic on 200 Street in Willoughby

Crews called to Monday afternoon collision involving two cars

Township mayor Jack Froese talks short- and long-term goals for third term

Tree bylaw, pot sales among topics that will need attention in coming months

B.C. sailor surprised by humpback whale playing under her boat

Jodi Klahm-Kozicki said the experience was ‘magical’ near Denman Island

B.C.’s natural gas supply could see 50% dip through winter due to pipeline blast

It’s been two weeks since the Enbridge pipeline ruptured near Prince George on Oct. 9, sparking a large fireball

Mega Millions, Powerball prizes come down to math, long odds

Biggest myth: The advertised $1.6 billion Mega Millions prize and $620 million Powerball prize aren’t quite real

2 Canadians advance to finals at world wrestling championships

Olympic champion Erica Wiebe just missed joining them with a loss 3-1 to three-time world champion Adeline Gray of the United States in the 76-kg event

VIDEO: Fire destroys historic small-town B.C. restaurant

Two people were injured as fire ripped through the Hedley restaurant around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday

B.C. town’s mayoral race a tie, come down to luck of the draw

Harry Gough led incumbent Cindy Fortin by one vote on election night Saturday

Outdoor retailer MEC vows to boost diversity after online complaint

Mountain Equipment Co-op was criticized for perpetuating a white-only picture of the outdoors

Trump vilifies caravan, says he’ll cut Central American aid

Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the Guatemala-Mexico border, about 5,000 Central American migrants resumed their advance toward the U.S. border Sunday in southern Mexico.

Federal carbon tax rebates will exceed the cost for most people affected

Officials say 70 per cent of people in those provinces will get back more than they end up paying out as fuel costs rise to incorporate the carbon tax.

Most Read