August 5, 2016 2:31 am
Updated: August 5, 2016 2:38 am

Cariboo family of 13 devastated after home burns down

The Duits family surveys the wreckage of their family home after a fire at their home near 100 Mile House.

Courtesy Katherine Clark

The Dutis family is thanking the many strangers who are helping them recover after their home near 100 Mile House burned to the ground last week.

“People are coming from all over, and we are so overwhelmed and blessed beyond words,” said Katherine Clark, one Alice and Berney Dutis’ 11 children.

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“I’ve never seen my dad weep. And to see him weep with gratitude has been one of the most amazing things to see as a grown child. To see my dad feel so loved and overwhelmed with the generosity and my mom, honestly, you can’t put it into words.”

Nearly all of the family was out on July 30, celebrating the 18th birthday of one of the 11 children, when the fire happened.

Six of the children still live at the home, located in the Sheridan Lake/Bridge Lake region.

“That house was a place where everyone went,” said Clark.

“It’s a place where all the grandchildren…knew as the fun house.”

The family did not have insurance or fire protection, and have set up a GoFundMe page. Over 30 thousand dollars have already been raised.

“We do need help, and it is hard to ask for that,” said Clark.

“My brothers who are working today are in flip-flops, and all their clothes are gone.”

If you would like to donate, you can do so here.

– With files from CFJC

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