Emergency funding has been extended for those impacted by a fire which tore through a condo block in Langley almost two weeks ago.
The provincial government originally told residents from the destroyed Paddington Station Complex that financial support would only last until December 22.
Langley City Councillor Nathan Pachal says that funding has now been extended until the new year, giving residents more time to find accommodation.
“The emergency funding has been extended to January 4. Since this is the Christmas season, they want to make sure that everyone can have a somewhat happy Christmas and not have to worry about finding a place to live during this really tricky time of the year.”
Earlier this week, it was revealed that the blaze started from a cigarette butt that was not properly disposed of.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page set up for a resident who suffers from cerebral palsy and lost everything in the fire has raised over $15,000.
Tom Wieler had moved into his apartment just 10 days before the blaze ripped through the building, destroying everything he owned.
Wieler says he was blown away by the generosity shown by members of the community and further afield.
“People have been so generous. It’s really overwhelming. I’ve been looking for the silver lining in this and this has really brought out people’s generosity.
Wieler says the funds will help pay for rent while the building is being refurbished.