On December 6th, a family’s life changed forever.
A house fire in Valemount claimed the life of a child and left his father and brother with second degree burns. One year old, Dominic Meek passed away leaving family member’s devastated. Dominic’s Grandmother, Carolyne Mills is in shock. “He just turned one in August, he just started to walk and he was such a happy little baby.”
Meanwhile, Dominic’s Aunt, Alicia Olson remembers a kind young boy. “His smile was amazing, he had the biggest smile ever,” she said. Flowers and teddy bears are laid outside of the home. It’s the scene where Dominic’s Father, Clint Meek successfully saved his three-year-old son, Landon. Mills says Clint desperately tried to reach his other son in a panic. “Clint couldn’t get Dominic out, he tried and that’s why he was burnt a little worse.”
Both Clint and Landon are each receiving burn treatment in Vancouver hospitals. Clint’s partner, Allison Olson was not home at the time of the fire, but is standing by both of her loved ones. Allison’s daughter Samara who was also not at home during the time of the fire will also be heading to Vancouver to be with her family. Landon is expected to be released from hospital in the next few days on an outpatient basis, while Clint is set to undergo surgery on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Village of Valemount is in mourning. Mayor Jeannette Townsend says the community has never experienced a tragedy quite like this. “Everyone is in shock, everyone is deeply shocked and deeply saddened over the fire and the loss of life,” she said. “The community envelopes them with their love and care and support and not just physical comfort, but also to help meet their needs financially.”
The Village is certainly stepping up. The local Petro Canada is raising funds to cover the cost of a funeral. Store Worker, Mary Williams, says more than 500 dollars was raised after just one day of fundraising. “We all came together and decided as a team because they’re pretty close with a majority of us here at the store to do this for them,” Williams said. “Everybody rallies and they’re there for everyone, it’s wonderful.”
Elsewhere, the IGA grocery store in Valemount is receiving an out pour of donations to provide the family with fully paid gift cards. A CIBC account and a Go Fund Me account are also bringing in thousands of dollars. Mills says it’s a token of generosity from the community. “We are forever grateful for all the love and support we’ve been getting, it doesn’t take it away but it definitely helps.”
Olson has also set up an account through CIBC where people can transfer donations. “I am really thankful for people coming together and everyone donating and giving and helping, it’s what we need at this time after they lost everything.”
To donate, a link to the Go Fund Me Account can be found here: https://www.gofundme.com/meekolsonfamily?ssid=835576222&pos=1
Money transfers will also be accepted at CIBC locations.