Heritage Home Gone Forever

Not too far from my newish  (22-year-old) house stood this very old (100-year-old) house. The stories it could have told….

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The family who lived here had owned  the house a very long time. Over the years, the people died one by one and the house, now without its old-timers, began to decay and fall apart. Even the beautiful honey locust trees that grew along the property line, were slowly dying. By day, the place began to take on the look of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and by night it could have made a perfect haunted house.

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Then just over a year ago, this appeared in the local newspaper (photo and newspaper article, courtesy of Comox Valley Echo):

DECEMBER 29, 2012 

An almost 100-year-old Comox home went up in flames early Saturday morning.

Comox Fire Rescue was called out to the large old house, on Lazo Road at Balmoral Road, shortly after 6 a.m.

An alert neighbour first spotted the flames and was able to warn the occupants, all of whom escaped, including a mother and baby.

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One of the house’s owners, xxxxx, told CHEK TV news that the home had been in his family since 1914, and had been left to him and his siblings by his late mother.

He said the house was currently being rented out. The now-homeless tenants are being looked after by local emergency social services agencies.

Comox Fire Chief Gord Schreiner told CHEK TV that the old construction of the wood home made the fire difficult to put out.

About 30 fire fighters were at work on the stubborn blaze throughout much of the day. Courtenay Fire Department was called in under the mutual aid agreement to provide a water tanker since there wasn’t a hydrant in the area.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but it’s not believed to be suspicious.

Old Home [1]Now, barely over a year later there is little left of the old place. Basically, just its footprint remains.

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History fades away.

29 thoughts on “Heritage Home Gone Forever

  1. I like ‘ole school’ things too. Though these are different circumstances, I remember when I went to my hometown to take pictures of my old primary school (and other significant places) and found that it was completely rebuilt. It was an old wooden building, but I always felt nostalgic when I saw it. Now I walk by the new beautiful building and not care.

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  2. I feel the same when old people die. Their lives may not have been glorious enough to merit a grand obituary but the chance to record all those stories and knowledge is lost forever. It makes you wonder. Nancy

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    • I think it depends on the climate and the amount of maintenance done on them. In our west coast climate, the moisture is very hard on wooden structures and it takes a lot of work to keep them in good shape. My husband has a commercial troller made of wood. It was well built and is in excellent condition even after more than 30 years, but it has been a labour of love (and money) to keep it that way. 100 years is a long time for a wood house to survive, especially without much maintenance in the later years.

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  3. Very sad to see such old and beautiful buildings go – gone forever. Same as when an old tree is beein cut – it gives me still a shiver when I think about watching it.

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    • We’ll miss seeing it and I dread to see what will go there instead. It was part of a bigger parcel and I have a feeling we’ll get high density housing to replace the rural atmosphere – a step backwards to my point of view, although I know many would disagree with me.

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