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Fire burns historic 1932 Squamish log home

The home at 41747 Government Road was originally the Schoonover home.

A historic log home went up in smoke on Monday. 

The 911 call at 41747 Government Rd. in Brackendale came in just before 10 a.m., according to Deputy Fire Chief Shaun Swerdfeger. 

No injuries were reported. 

The residents were out of the home at the time. 

Emergency Social Services provided service and arranged shelter for the residents, according to the District. 

Government Road was blocked for about five hours between Depot Road and Wain Place to allow fire crews to do their work. 

Approximately 25 firefighters were on the scene, with three fire vehicles. 

Surrounding structures were not burned. 

The cause of this fire is unknown. 

Historic home

According to Eric Andersen, a local historian, the home at 41747 Government Rd. is known as the Schoonover home.

It was built in 1932 by Charles Schoonover after the previous family home on "Schoonover Creek" — by today's Eagle Viewing dike — was taken by the river during a flood, said Andersen, who is also a sitting municipal councillor, but spoke to The Squamish Chief as a citizen history buff.

The Schoonovers' daughter, Mildred MacDonald, lived there with her husband Scott, Andersen recalled. 

"Mildred and Scott were well known for the gardens they kept there," he said, adding that the home was well kept by its current owners. 

The home last sold in 2006, according to REW data. 

Editor's note: This story was updated as more information became available. It was also corrected to clarify that Andersen spoke to The Squamish Chief as a historian, not a District councillor.

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