GoFundMe launched for victims of yesterday’s apartment fire in North Van

With files from Jeremy Shepherd

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Firefighters remain on the scene of an early morning apartment fire Monday. photo Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

A GoFundeMe campaign has surfaced to help those who were affected in yesterday’s apartment fire that claimed the lives of two people and inured twelve more.

Neighbour Jean McCreesh described the blaze that ripped through the Whiteley Court at 2:30 a.m. Monday morning as a “big, churning ball of fire.”

Several neighbours recounted hearing an explosion and seeing sparks atop the wood-frame building.

North Vancouver RCMP have revealed the two tenants who died belong to the same family but are not disclosing any other details.

A full investigation of the fire is now being conducted by the North Vancouver RCMP Arson Unit, District of North Vancouver Fire Department and the BC Coroners Service.

The GoFundMe was launched yesterday by Jacqueline Diamond of North Vancouver, who knew the two who lost their lives in the blaze. She’s urging residents to “come together as a community to help these families affected by this tragedy.”

Read more on this story HERE and if you find it in your heart to help out please give to the GoFundMe campaign HERE.