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Okanagan family searching for pet-friendly accommodation after losing home to fire

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July 15, 2020 - 4:02 PM

A family who lost their Lake Country home to fire last week is now looking for accommodation until their house is rebuilt.

Felicia Sheikh and her family are looking for a short-term rental for at least the next six months after a fire destroyed their home on Teresa Road in Lake Country, July 7. The family has insurance, but they’re currently staying in a hotel and need to find accommodation.

They’re looking for a three- or four-bedroom that’s pet friendly which has been a challenge to find in Kelowna or Lake Country. She has two dogs that escaped the fire and two cats that are currently missing.

Thankfully her brother woke up at the time of the fire so they were able to escape uninjured.

READ MORE: Three cats perish in Lake Country house fire

“We’re holding up pretty well. It’s a house, we can rebuild. We all got out safely. No one else’s property was damaged so we’re keeping that type of mindset,” she said. "It took two and a half hours to put out the fire."

She’s been living in the house for the last five years and said the community has been “amazing” and “supportive.”

A GoFundMe has also been started with the money raised going towards supporting Sheikh's tenants who didn’t have insurance.

“My tenants lived in my basement suite but they weren't home. Until they can get on their feet as well, we want to help them out as much as we can,” Sheikh said.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

If you have a pet-friendly rental and would like to help them out, you can contact Felicia Sheikh by email at Feliciasheikh@gmail.com.

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