A picture of Lela Bentley and her 12-year-old son Ryan from a GoFundMe Page.

Right before Christmas, Surrey woman with two kids loses everything in fire

Bentley, her husband, and her two boys who have health issues are now left homeless

A woman in Surrey just lost everything right before Christmas due to a house fire.

Lela Bentley and her family were displaced from their home on Monday night after an electrical fire gutted their rental house in Whalley.

Around one in the morning, Bentley woke up with a radiator blowing smoke in her face. When she got up she walked to the bathroom, the inside of the walls were on fire.

She woke up her two boys along with her husband, as they rushed to evacuate the house.

Her best friend Suzy Douglas, who spoke to the Now-Leader on Monday, said that the fire department told them that they could have been engulfed in flames if they stayed in the house five minutes longer.

She also says that this tragedy couldn’t have happened to a better person.

“She is so loved by everybody,” said Douglas. “She tells me that even when times are tough, she says ‘at least I have my boys and I have a roof over my head.’”

Now, it’s just her and her boys.

There aren’t many moms who have gone through hardships like Bentley.

Two years ago, her then 10-year-old son Ryan went into cardiac arrest, according to Douglas.

“He’s lucky to have survived that,” she said. “He was at a friends house at the time when it happened. The friend he was playing with at the time, his mom was a nurse.”

“Technically, he had died, but the nurse kept him alive for 20 minutes until the ambulances showed up.

Ryan suffers from a rare cardiac condition called ‘Wolff-Parkinson-White,’ which can cause symptoms like an abnormally fast heartbeat, palpitations and shortness of breath.

Bentley’s other son, Caleb, has low-functioning autism. His diagnosis forced her husband, Chris, to quit his job so that he could take care of Caleb full-time.

Douglas mentioned that they’ve had to pawn off some of their belongings to make ends meet.

“The things that they have are essential. Ryan has a pacemaker that is monitored by the internet, so Bentley got rid of her cell phone to make that happen.”

While Bentley and her family are happy to be alive, they are unsurprisingly distraught by the whole incident which had gutted their home while destroying all of their belongings.

Douglas and others have created a GoFundMe Page for Lela and her family to help them get back on their feet.

It means the world to Douglas to help out her best friend in a time of need.

“When we first met over ten years ago, we became instant friends,” said. “We’re able to figure out everything without judgement and we always have each others backs.”



trevor.beggs@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Trevor on Twitter

Just Posted

North Delta robotics team set to take on the best in the world

Seaquam Secondary’s robotics team is headed to Kentucky for the Vex Robotics World Championships

Easter ‘eggstravaganza’ event planned for South Surrey

Event is to run from 12-3 p.m. at Dufferin Park (17355 2 Ave.).

Man ‘seriously’ injured in crash after driving wrong way on Highway 17: Surrey RCMP

Police say the sedan hit a transport truck, then another car

Update: Surrey Mounties found missing man

Kuldip Sandhu, 41, had been reported missing

IHIT hunting in Edmonton for clues to 2017 Surrey homicide

Tanner Krupa, 19 was found dead in an alley in August 2017, in the 6900-block of 127A Street

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Rare ‘Snow Tower’ tree blooming in Vancouver city park

A plant rarely grown in Canada is now flowering at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Man airlifted to hospital after apparent hunting incident in East Kootenay

The man was in stable condition when he was flown out of Fairmont Hot Springs to a Calgary hospital

Most Read