Community rallies to support family devastated by house fire

The family of nine, including seven children, lost virtually everything in the blaze, including a pet dog
The family of nine, including seven children, lost virtually everything in the blaze, including a pet dog
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Neighbours have rallied to help a Mereside family who 'lost everything' in a devastating house fire.

Bin bags full of clothes and other essentials have been donated, while money is also being raised to replace some of what was lost in yesterday's blaze in Rusland Avenue - which also killed their pet dog.

Family friend Hannah Threfall said she 'thanks for lucky stars' nobody was inside at the time of the fire

Family friend Hannah Threfall said she 'thanks for lucky stars' nobody was inside at the time of the fire

Family friend Hannah Threlfall said the donations will help the family’s seven children, who range in age from three to 13.

She said: "It’s amazing what people are doing for a family in need. They were left with what they were standing up in.

"It was when I was leaving the mum last night, her words were, 'This is where reality will kick in'.

"She was stood outside her house and she had nothing. It’s just a shame."

The fire gutted the mid-terrace property

The fire gutted the mid-terrace property

Hannah, who is accepting donations at her home in Troutbeck Crescent, said the family, who were at school and work when the fire started, have been told they have a lucky escape.

"The fire brigade said if it was any other time of the day, there could have been fatalities," she said.

"It makes you realise and you thank your lucky stars it happened when nobody was in."

The family, who The Gazette has chosen not to name, said they are 'over the moon with all the help and support' being shown to them, which they described as 'overwhelming'.

The fire was caused by an electrical fault, police said.

WHAT’S NEEDED:

Clothes for boys aged 13, 10, seven, five, and three (wearing age two), with size seven, three, 13, nine, and six feet respectively.

Clothes for girls aged seven and six, with shoe sizes one and 12.

Toys, furniture, and other essentials

WHERE THEY CAN BE DROPPED OFF:

1 Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside, FY4 4SU

Mereside and Clifton Children’s Centre, Mereside Primary School, Langdale Road, FY4 4RR (Next open Monday morning)

DONATE ONLINE:

https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/hannah-threlfall