The Lennox Head community is rallying around the victims of the devastating fire that destroyed two houses in Survey Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to witnesses, neighbours noticed the flames just after 1am and, in the beginning, all focus was on one house. Then, without warning the wind changed and suddenly the house next door was also ablaze. It went up while its occupant was outside trying to save the house next door.
So swift was the devastation that several people managed to escape with only what they had on – phones, car keys, wallets and clothing were all left behind and irretrievable. As a result, many of the residents had no way to contact anyone or be contacted, and no way to purchase even the most basic items like toothbrushes, shoes and food.
One of the destroyed houses was home to a young mother, who is nursing her very sick, premature baby in hospital in Brisbane. All she is left with are the items she has packed in her suitcase. Everything she saved for her baby’s future has been destroyed.
Many were affected by the blazes, including tenants and owners, but the surrounding neighbours have also been deeply moved.
Local mother and business-person Angel Isaac, was close to the young mother who was already going through a difficult time. Other locals Joss Castel and Keryn Noach also have close links with some of the residents.
As a result there are three Go Fund Me pages now operational, where locals can show their support.
- gofundme.com/ 69gakp4?member=931826
Friends and family of those affected agree that at this stage financial donations are more valuable than material objects. Offers of furniture and clothes are greatly appreciated. We will let you know when the people who are in need are ready to accept gifts.