EV­ERY­THING LOST

Imag­ine com­ing home to this. What is next for the Lap­pin-Davey fam­ily?

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Davey-Lap­pin fam­ily is start­ing again after los­ing ev­ery­thing, in­clud­ing their pets, in a house fire days be­fore Christ­mas.

Tr­ish Davey, Ian Lap­pin, their three sons Ty­rone, Kyle and Blake Lap­pin with their niece Tahlia Lap­pin re­turned at the week­end to find there was noth­ing left after a fire had en­gulfed their home.

“We have lost ev­ery­thing and there is noth­ing left in Aber­corn for us,” Ms Davey said.

“My dear friend and Aber­corn neigh­bour Leanne Auld has been col­lect­ing do­na­tions for us and the com­mu­nity has been very gen­er­ous.

“We had no in­surance, so now we have to start from scratch.”

Eidsvold Po­lice said the cause of the fire was still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Close friend Ms Auld said more was lost than just what was taken in the fire.

“This was a shock­ing thing to hap­pen to the Davey-Lap­pin fam­ily, they have been very good peo­ple in the com­mu­nity since mov­ing here and I fear now they will not re­turn,” Ms Auld said.

“They have had ev­ery­thing taken away from them and they re­ally didn’t de­serve it.”

The chil­dren had pup­pies on the back ve­randa and a kit­ten in the house.

Ty­rone Lap­pin said a friend was feed­ing the an­i­mals when the fam­ily was away and they were all look­ing for­ward to see­ing them when they got home.

“The pups wouldn’t have been able to get away from the fire, be­cause they were too small,” Ty­rone said.

The fam­ily is try­ing to find a new home and get set­tled be­fore the end of the school hol­i­days.

Ms Davey said she would like to stay in the area and was go­ing to look in Eidsvold.

“I am go­ing to con­tact the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil to see if they have some emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion for us,” Ms Davey said.

Any­one want­ing to help can con­tact Carol Palmer at car­ol­palmercq@hot­mail.com.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

BURNT OUT: The Lap­pin-Davey fam­ily is safe in Monto after their home was de­stroyed by fire. Ty­rone, Kyle, Blake and Tahlia Lap­pin with mum Tr­ish Davey look­ing for a new home.

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