Mike Holmes, Canadian contractor & HGTV star, heads to Fort McMurray to help rebuild

Mike Holmes in a promo for his show 'Home Free.'.
Mike Holmes in a promo for his show 'Home Free.'. Courtesy, HGTV Canada

He’s made his mark on Canadians with the hit television series Holmes on Homes, Holmes Inspection and Holmes Makes It Right, and now, Mike Holmes is putting together a crew to help rebuild Fort McMurray after last month’s devastating wildfire.

Holmes has assembled a team that will head up to the northern Alberta community on June 24 to meet with local officials and visit some of the neighbourhoods that need remediation and repairs from smoke damage.

“The Alberta wildfires have left thousands of people without homes and I am proud that my team is helping to Make It Right,” Holmes said in a post on Twitter.

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After 20 years in the building and renovation industry, Holmes made the jump to television, hosting Holmes on Homes. The show, which airs on HGTV, has since become an international success.

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Holmes grew up in Toronto and has been in contracting industry for more than 30 years.

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More than 2,000 structures were destroyed in the wildfire. The phased re-entry back into Fort McMurray began on June 1.

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Three Fort McMurray communities have been deemed uninhabitable. Earlier this month, the mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said it’s not known if Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways will be rebuilt.

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