Son fundraises for parents who lost home in fire

The house at 313 Norton Avenue was severely damaged from a fire.

PENTICTON - The children of Penticton house fire victims are fundraising money to help get their parents back on their feet.

Last Thursday, the house at 313 Norton Street went up in flames, taking down the roof and leaving much of the building destroyed. The couple living in the home were renters, and have been put up in a Penticton hotel by emergency services.

An online fundraiser was started by the couples’ son, James Anthony Rodriguez, who lives in Richmond and wants to help his parents get back on their feet after being displaced by the fire. So far, over $2,500 has been raised and Rodriguez is halfway to his goal of raising $5,000.

“My parents are two of the most welcoming and loving people you will ever meet,” wrote Rodriguez. “They have always been open and willing to help others however they can and to have their entire world ripped out from underneath them in this fashion is absolutely horrendous.”

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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