Early visit from St. Nick: Hailey and Dylan Peter and Cydney Byron receive presents from Mr. and Mrs. Claus Sunday during Swansea Point’s annual Fireman’s Stocking Run. Twenty-two kids under age 12 were visited and given armfuls of gifts from the jolly couple and their elves

Early visit from St. Nick: Hailey and Dylan Peter and Cydney Byron receive presents from Mr. and Mrs. Claus Sunday during Swansea Point’s annual Fireman’s Stocking Run. Twenty-two kids under age 12 were visited and given armfuls of gifts from the jolly couple and their elves

Swansea fire doesn’t stop visit by Santa

Despite having to put out a house fire Saturday night, Swansea Point firefighters still came through for the kids Sunday morning.

Despite having to put out a house fire Saturday  night, Swansea Point firefighters still came through for the kids Sunday morning.

On Dec. 10 around 8:30 p.m., the Swansea Point fire department was called out to a Swanbeach Road residence. Upon arrival, firefighters found a blaze had burned through about half of the home. The house wasn’t occupied at the time.

“When we got the fire out, the house was pretty well done,” said Swansea Fire Chief Mike Melnychuk. “We worked on it the best we could but it was a tough one.”

Melnychuk says the Swasnea Volunteer Fire Department is extremely grateful for the Sicamous and Malakwa fire departments who assisted with the effort.

At 10 a.m. Sunday morning, firefighters were still mopping up the scene. But that didn’t keep the fire crew from going ahead that morning with the Swansea Point annual Fireman’s Stocking Run.

“So many little ones were looking forward to Santa arriving. They didn’t have the heart to disappoint them,” says the Swansea Point Community Association’s Tina Keely of the fire department.”

Santa and Mrs. Claus, and their numerous elves were taken throughout the area by fire truck to deliver gifts to about 22 boys and girls under the age of 12.