A Fort McMurray, Alta., couple whose home was destroyed due to the wildfire in the region says their future is uncertain.
“I hate it. I want to go back to my job up there. I don’t know when I’m going to go back to my job up there,” said Ashley Russell, who is staying at a friend’s home in Kinsac, N.S., with her partner Lacey Terrio.
The couple, who grew up in Nova Scotia, learned their home in Waterways was destroyed after seeing satellite pictures online. The two don’t have renter’s insurance.
“I had stuff that were my deceased grandparents, my aunts, and the last things I’ve owned of theirs, and everything is completely gone, so it’s hard,” said Terrio.
Russell said she has been called by her workplace to see when she can return, but finding housing is a problem.
“I had no hostility towards people that didn’t lose their houses, but I was a little envious,” she said.
While the couple figures out the next steps, at least one silver lining is being praised.
“It bothers me that everything burnt down, but I know that we’re lucky,” said Russell, referencing that her partner, dogs, cats and hamster survived.