The Bashaw community is pulling together to help a family in need.
A fire early Sunday morning left the Bashaw Motor Inn burned to the ground. Little information has been released about the cause of the fire, and remains of one person were found in the debris.
In the face of the tragedy, the town of Bashaw is doing everything it can to help the family that owned and lived in the motel. The Tiwana family, consisting of parents and two young sons, lost everything in the fire.
Before the incident, a bottle drive was underway for a local soccer team. Sarah Wray, whose kids attended school with the Tiwana boys, explains why the team decided to divert the funds towards the family in need.
“They’ve been such a crucial part of the school actually,” said Wray. “They’ve been really good mentors to the school. So this our way of giving back and making sure that we support them as a community.”
Wray added that Bashaw has pulled together in times of crisis before, and the small town is always ready to make sure the residents have help when they need it.
There is also a GoFundMe page set up to help the Tiwana family, as well as a food bank drive at the Bashaw Fire Department.
Bashaw Mayor Penny Shantz told Global News that the Tiwana family made the Motor in a cornertstone of the town.
Bashaw is about 136 kilometres southwest of Edmonton.
You can donate to the GoFundMe page here.