“That’s absolutely tragic that there’s no insurance. Some of the residents didn’t have insurance and again, for the cost of insurance, it is cheap, cheap, cheap to be able to insure that your life continues on as best as you can, so it’s really important for people to understand that you’ve got to have insurance.”

The Dawson Creek Fire Department received the call about the building on 102 Avenue on fire at 5:15 a.m. and spent nearly six hours battling the blaze with all available firefighters. One occupant had to be rescued out the front window by ladder, but luckily there were no injuries reported. Shorty explains the building was built in the 1950’s and had sawdust insulation, making it tough to put out.

“The building has significant damage to it,” he explains. “Because of the age and what not it’s unlikely that it will be repaired. Well, not only unlikely because the building had no insurance.”

Crews are on site this morning looking into the cause of the blaze. It’s still unclear how many of H&R Block’s records were destroyed, but their computers have already been removed and the business owners will be going in today to retrieve as many files as possible. H&R Block had renters insurance.