BURNT TO ASHES

The Mam­mino fam­ily home de­stroyed by fire

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

THICK black smoke blan­keted Childers early Mon­day morn­ing, as lo­cals sounded the alarm of a se­cond house fire in less than a week.

The Queens­lan­der home, un­oc­cu­pied at the time of the fire, be­longed to lo­cal iden­tity Tina Mam­mino.

While Mrs Mam­mino now lives in Childers, many of her fam­ily trea­sures had re­mained at the home she had shared with her late hus­band Alf.

She stood and watched as her home burnt to the ground, tears flow­ing as she re­called many of her prized trea­sures and her fam­ily his­tory now gone.

Mrs Mam­mino was com­forted by fam­ily and friends at the Av­o­cado Dr home.

She said she had lost fam­ily pho­tos, her glory box from when she mar­ried and ev­ery­thing her fam­ily had given her. Fire-fight­ers worked tire­lessly to con­trol the blaze, with the aid of six trucks and heavy ma­chin­ery to re­move the roof to ex­tin­guish the fire.

It took hold about 7am and au­thor­i­ties were no­ti­fied by lo­cals trav­el­ling to work.

Mrs Mam­mino spoke of hap­pier days when her son An­thony, the cre­ator be­hind the Mam­mino ice-cream name, was just a lit­tle boy.

“I can re­mem­ber watch­ing my son as a child run­ning around the yard, I would look out the win­dow at him. It was a happy home and I loved liv­ing here.

“Our fam­ily would gather here for birth­days and Christ­mas. I have a lot of great mem­o­ries with my late hus­band in this house.

“I am lucky I wasn’t liv­ing here, in this house, it’s eas­ier be­ing closer to town.

“I have plenty of friends and fam­ily and I will be all right.”

The tragedy will not stop the en­er­getic Mrs Mam­mino. “I am fine,” she said. “Very up­set and in shock and I want to thank all the fire-fight­ers for try­ing to save my house.”

Tina Mam­mino I can re­mem­ber watch­ing my son as a child run­ning around the yard, I would look out the win­dow at him. It was a happy home and I loved liv­ing here.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

FAM­ILY RU­INS: The Mam­mino fam­ily home was burnt to the ground on Mon­day morn­ing.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT230216FIRE1

PILE OF ASHES: The Mam­mino fam­ily home re­duced to ashes.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.