UPDATE: Community Rallying Around Petawawa Fire Victims


A community is rallying around a Petawawa couple who lost almost everything they own in a house fire on Wednesday night.

The inferno destroyed a home at the end of Shady Lane, just off Petawawa Boulevard near Airport Road, and threatened a petting zoo on the property, situated right beside the house.

Sadly, two animals died, and a family cat was missing, but firefighters helped save more than 50 others during the blaze.  

Owners Mike Arnold and Kim Twohig expressed deep gratitude for the work of Petawawa firefighters, as well as for their military community at Garrison Petawawa and their friends, all of whom have helped deal with the fire and the aftermath in some way.

Arnold and Twohig tell Pure Country 96.7 that their supply of animal feed and pet food was contaminated by the fire, as was their water sources on the property.

There are horses, geese, and many other farm animals in the petting zoo.

Donations can be made to Cobden Animal hospital and  Petawawa animal hospital to help with vet costs for smoke inhalation.

Donations Being Collected

Mike Arnold says some local businesses have stepped up to collect donations:

"Donations can be made to Cobden Animal Hospital and Petawawa Animal Hospital to help with vet costs for smoke inhalation.   Feed donation can be made to M&R Feeds in Pembroke and Miller Feed and Seed in Cobden. Please have all donations under the name of Kim Twohig", Arnold told Pure Country 96.7.

"Thank you everyone for your support", Arnold added.

Fire Investigation

Meanwhile, the investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

The home was engulfed when firefighters arrived after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Arnold says he was with a group of customers at the airsoft business he runs farther back on their property, when he got a call from the tenant of his "granny suite" in the home, reporting that the house was ablaze.

Nobody was injured.