In an interview with The Globe and Mail, the house that was the target of the deadly shooting in Fort McMurray, Alta., has been left vacant and boarded up.
The house where the shooting occurred in Fort McKay is now boarded up, according to owner Eric Chappell, who says he has yet to receive an offer for the house.
Chappell said he has been waiting to hear from someone from the mayor’s office for the best option.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen.
We’re trying to get the offer and we’re not going to be the only ones that get it,” he said.
The mayor’s offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The house is in the town of Fort McKay, about 30 kilometres north of Calgary, where Chappll lives with his wife and two daughters.
Chapell said it would be impossible for him to sell the house, and he doesn’t think the owner would accept the offer.
“You can’t sell the property,” he explained.
“You can put it up for auction, but the only thing I would like to do is put it on the market.
I’d like to sell it.”
Chappel said he had no idea how much the house would be worth.
He said the property is only worth $100,000, which is about a third of the $700,000 value of the house in Fort MacMurray.
The shooting occurred on Aug. 10 in Fort McDonald.
The first shots were fired about a kilometre away.
Chappel lives on the property and his family is nearby.
The owner of the home is a local resident, who he has lived with for the past year.
He said he was working on getting the home ready for sale when the shooting happened.
“We were going through the house and we had a lot of furniture left over from a previous house,” he recalled.
“It was just a matter of getting the house ready for the buyer.
It was a little scary, but we got a lot out of it.”
The house, however, has been boarded up for a year, leaving little space to put furniture and other things in the living room.
“It’s a very small space,” Chappl said.
“I have a lot in my room and I’m a very tidy person.
I would just like to see someone come and help me and help the community, so I’m just trying to make sure I don’t lose it.”
In an interview on CBC Radio’s The House, Chappelle said he would not want to put up the house himself, because it was just too small.
“My main concern is that the community wants it, that’s the only reason I would want to do it,” Chapell said.
“So I would have to find somebody to help me put it back up.”
Chapell, who said he lives alone, said he wants the owner to make a offer to buy the property, so he can sell the rest of the property to someone who could help with repairs and rebuild the house or rebuild the neighborhood.
He also said he hopes someone can donate the property for a museum or other cultural institution in the community.
“Maybe a house in a community park,” he joked.
Chapella said the house was built in 1924 by the Chappells and is currently home to the Chapella Family Theatre.