A Montreal couple whose home was destroyed in a fire is facing a new round of financial hardships, after their home in a rural community in eastern Quebec was destroyed by a massive blaze last month.
“We had an incredible family, a really great family.
But it was an incredibly, incredibly difficult time,” said Diane Tarrant.
She said her mother and her husband lost their home to the fire, and the two of them now live on the street.
The Tarrants lost their first home when their parents, Jim and Barbara, died of cancer.
“They were not only good parents and they were very smart, they were also very kind and very caring and they loved their children,” said Tarrante, who said she’s been a volunteer for the charity Shelter for Homeless Children and Children’s Centre.
“But we knew we weren’t going to be able to replace them, and we didn’t have enough money for repairs.”
So I think what happened is, they took over my parents’ house and it was a very hard situation for me and for them,” she said.”
I think they didn’t understand how hard it was, so it was really hard to find out what happened to their house.
“The fire started on Aug. 26 in a home in the town of La Roche-Tardive.
Firefighters were able to save the Tarrans’ house, which is located on a private road, and it has since been restored to its former glory.”
There was a lot of damage to it and it just burned a lot.
We’re still working to rebuild,” Tarrantes said.
The couple’s second home was damaged in the fire and their third home was badly damaged.”
Our whole family was in the house.
My brother-in-law, my sister-in to-be, I had a son and my wife and I,” she explained.”
All the rest of my family that lived in the neighbourhood is still missing and they don’t know where they are.
“They have not been able to rebuild their house and have had to move their family members to a different home in La Roche Tardive to continue the rebuilding process.”
It’s been difficult,” she added.”
In some ways it’s been like we’re still in a new world, like it’s just gone, like you’re not really connected to the people that you’re still with.
“The Tarsants have had a hard time finding enough money to rebuild the property.”
The first few days, we were very happy because we had the money, we had money to buy furniture and we had some other furniture,” she told CBC News.”
Then we realized, you know, there’s no furniture and it’s kind of a mess.