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