Ur­gent ac­com­mo­da­tion needed

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

A FAM­ILY of seven are still with­out ac­com­mo­da­tion af­ter their Gat­ton home was gut­ted by fire last Wed­nes­day.

The fam­ily, as well as ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers who were visit­ing for a cel­e­bra­tion, lost ev­ery­thing and have been stay­ing with rel­a­tives in Gran­tham – but need to find some­where else to stay im­me­di­ately.

Fire vic­tim Char­lene Manuel has con­tacted mul­ti­ple sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions and tried to speak to so­cial work­ers at the Ip­swich Hos­pi­tal, but is yet to re­ceive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“If my sis­ter-in-law wasn’t here for me to go to I don’t know what would hap­pen, I might still be here (out­side my house). I just don’t know what to do or how to do it,” Ms Manuel said.

The fam­ily es­caped with noth­ing ex­cept the clothes they were wear­ing and a bag of ex­pired pass­ports.

It’s a liv­ing night­mare for the mother and grand­mother who have ex­pe­ri­enced flash­backs of the fire.

As a New Zealand cit­i­zen, Ms Manuel has been told sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions are un­able to help them.

She has been in con­tact with NZ au­thor­i­ties who planned to help her visit­ing fam­ily re­turn home, but lit­tle can be done for those fam­ily mem­bers liv­ing in Aus­tralia.

Ms Manuel’s fa­ther, daugh­ter and two grand­chil­dren were all visit­ing Gat­ton to cel­e­brate her 18-year-old daugh­ter’s birth­day but they too lost ev­ery­thing in the fire.

A fam­ily mem­ber has of­fered to pay for Ms Manuel’s daugh­ter to re­turn to Syd­ney, but with­out iden­ti­fi­ca­tion they fear she will be un­able to fly.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

HELP NEEDED: Ari­ana, Wiremu and Char­lene Manuel (daugh­ter) in front of the burnt house.

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