Birch Island woman loses her home in March 13 fire

This is the former home of Whitefish River First Nation resident Evelyn Jacko. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the fire victim.

BIRCH ISLAND – A Birch Island woman lost her home on Friday, March 13 in a total loss fire and the community is rallying to help with fundraisers and a GoFundMe page to help get her back on her feet.

Tania Jacko, speaking on behalf of her sister Evelyn (also affectionately known as ‘Monster’), told The Expositor in a Friday interview that her sister believes the fire began in the rear of the house, possibly in the duck pen but that the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

“On that Friday night it was very windy, which made things worse and caused the fire to spread,” Ms. Jacko said.

“My sister had just enough time to save her animals and just get out,” she added.

Ms. Jacko’s duck and dog, which are best friends, survived the fire. Two kittens did not make it.

Tania Jacko was one of the Whitefish River First Nation volunteer fire fighters who attended the scene, which she said was a surreal experience, responding to a family member’s home. “I was in shock,” she said.

Ms. Jacko said her sister is doing “okay,” but is in need of everything. Evelyn Jacko is currently staying with a friend until a new place for her to live is found.

So far the family has held two lotteries, including a ‘find the Joker,’ had plans to host a taco sale that has since been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns and have a launched a GoFundMe page which can be found at GoFundMe.com/f/fundraiser-for-ev. The family is also accepting e-transfers for Ms. Jacko by sending them to ttiggerr2@hotmail.com.