A mother, father and four children who were killed in a fire inside their vacation trailer are being remembered as an active, boisterous family by a friend who rented them the Amherst, NS farmhouse where they lived. Were.
Colin Smith said he was close to the father of 33-year-old Robert George (RJ) Sears, and that his friend’s life was focused on working hard and enjoying his young family at their home with partner Michelle Robertson, 28. in Amherst.
His bustling home, 44, includes a cat, a dog and a bearded lizard, and he has strong memories of all four children playing on swings, leaping over trees and bouncing on a trampoline in the yard. Because Robertson kept an eye on them.
RJ Sears’ father, Robert Tony Sears, has identified the children killed in the travel trailer as Madison, 11; Robert Ryder, 8; Jackson, 4, and Colin J. (cj), 3.
The family died in a Passport Ultra Light trailer that was on a property in Millvale, a rural community about 45 kilometers southwest of Amherst, at the time of the fire.
The RCMP said the family was on a camper for a weekend, and police found their bodies in a trailer on Sunday evening.
The medical examiner’s office is investigating the cause and time of death, and fire marshals are investigating what caused the fire, as Mounties says he believes the incident is not suspicious.
Smith said that his friend worked hard as a laborer for Gordon Food Service in Amherst, and that in his spare time he focused on his children and their friends.
“I met him years ago when my little one was in daycare. I met him and we started talking and we have been inseparable ever since, and he is the kind of guy if you ever get into a jam, he will drop everything and help you,” he said.
As the children grew older, they played with her four children, and their mocking and screaming sounds were part of her daily life as they ran. “It was a busy house with four kids.
Little oranges, all of them,” he said.
Smith said there would be many children in Amherst who would be affected by the deaths, particularly at the local school where three of the four children attended.
He said he is struggling to explain the tragedy to his children and is waiting for more information about what happened.
He recalled that a Facebook message from RJ’s father informing him of the deaths had put him on his feet.
“I just sat on the couch, staring at the wall…. Then I went up to him and talked to him (father). It was hard to talk. I just hugged him.”