The fire at 52 Christina Dr. in White Point, NS broke out at about 3:30 p.m. Tony said he was at work at the Queens General Hospital in Liverpool, and his phone kept ringing.
Finally at about 4 p.m., Tony answered his phone to his neighbour who was screaming about his trailer being on fire. Tony left work and returned home. That’s when he realized he couldn’t get his dog Jo Jo from the trailer.
For almost two months after the fire, Tony kept Jo Jo’s ball and collar tag in his pocket.
About a week after the fire, Tony said he returned to work, but everything was still too new, and he was still in shock.
“So I’ve been off of work since then,” he said. “I’m trying to get back right now, so hopefully by the end of the month I’ll be back at work.”
After the fire, Tony moved in with his sister, Penny Whynot, for about three months.
During that time, Tony’s brother saw an advertisement for a trailer for sale. The man selling the trailer wanted $5,000. When the man learned Tony had lost everything in a fire, he decided to sell it instead for 60 ounces of rum.
“So it was 100 bucks I got the trailer for, so I thought that was very nice,” said Tony.
Tony said he left his sister’s before the trailer arrived because he couldn’t wait to get home.
“I set my tent up and stayed out in the yard for three nights – waiting.”
Once the trailer arrived, there was still a lot of work to do, said Tony. He’s done a lot of painting, and he said there’s still plumbing and roof work needed.
Shortly after moving into his new trailer, Tony met a new friend. He calls that new friend Boomer. Boomer is a terrier, Shih Tzu mix that now lives with Tony.
“He’s slept with me ever since I brought him home.”
Tony said the support he’s received has been overwhelming.
People donated furniture, and Tony said what he didn’t use he brought to the Salvation Army to give back to the community.
“Even (on) the night of the fire, people were coming to me with money and stuff like that; it was just so nice,” he said.
The night of the fire, Tony said he was so overwhelmed he just couldn’t imagine it had really happened.
And the next day, he said, RCMP officers came to see how he was doing.
Although Tony is still rebuilding what he lost, he said he’s grateful for all the help and support people have given and continue to give him.