BURNT TO ASHES
The Mammino family home destroyed by fire
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.
FAMILY RUINS: The Mammino family home was burnt to the ground on Monday morning.
PILE OF ASHES: The Mammino family home reduced to ashes.