Fire family scrambling to find place to stay

Start gofundme page after losing belongings in Spuraway Avenue blaze July 31

A Coquitlam family is scrambling to find a place to stay following a fire that destroyed the house they were living in on Spuraway Avenue last week.

The Habash family has started a gofundme page to raise $10,000 after they lost all their belongings, including identification, in the July 31 blaze that claimed the house they were renting. The emergency housing funding that allowed them to stay in a local motel ran out Tuesday. 

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"My whole life. Everything. A pair of underwear I don't even have. I don't even have a pair of socks," said father Abe Habash, 35, who said he did not have tenant insurance.

He said his wife Chelsea, 26, son Braeh, 4, and daughter Dailyh were visiting her family in Nova Scotia when the fire broke out and they have stayed put. Habash's family from Ontario, however, was in town. His sister, Sara, and brother, Ahmed, were in the house at the time of the fire while he was out with his father.

As of Thursday, since setting up on Aug. 4, the family had received eight donations totalling $155.

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