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George’s Brook man uncertain about employment following Fort Mac fires


Like many others who have fled Fort McMurray, Jeremy Bailey is not too sure if he’ll have a job to go back to.

Jeremy Bailey and fiancé Melissa Price. Bailey, who works as an automotive technician in Fort McMurray, isn’t sure what he will do for work now. The propane shop next his place of business exploded and destroyed his workplace

Bailey left the city on the Sunday, May 1,  during the first round of fires and went back to his home the next day.

But then on Tuesday, the fires spread quickly and the mandatory evacuation forced him to leave, along with roughly 80,000 others.

He grabbed his two dogs and got out of town.

“It’s a situation that’s hard to describe. We left and we don’t know if we are going to have anything to go back to,” Bailey told The Packet on Thursday.

Bailey and fiancé, Melissa Price, went to Wandering River.

He has friends who have lost their homes along with everything else.

Originally from George’s Brook, Bailey has been in Fort Mac since 2008. He had a plan to return to his home province for a visit this August but these events may change things.

“I might come back sooner, depending on things. It could be weeks or months before anything comes back up there. Though I do believe strongly it will come back,” he says.

Bailey worked as an automotive technician and knows that the propane shop next to his workplace caught fire and the explosion most likely wiped out neighbouring businesses.

“The chances of my employment is going to be pretty slim,” he says.

Bailey says there has been an incredible amount of support.

“It brings reality into perspective. It’s made a lot of people realize that when something like this happens, you’ve got to help who you can help,” he says. 

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