FAM­ILY’S STRUG­GLE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

A CUR­RA­JONG fam­ily could lose their house and car af­ter their only source of in­come went up in flames.

Nick Crisa­fulli had been ca­su­ally em­ployed at Townsville Laun­dries at Gar­butt since Novem­ber – but his life was thrown into chaos just two hours af­ter he fin­ished his shift last Wed­nes­day when a fierce blazed ripped through the com­mer­cial laun­dry.

“I could see the smoke and or­ange glow from my back ve­randa and then I saw the photos on Face­book and I was just dev­as­tated,” Mr Crisa­fulli said.

“Busi­ness was heavy at the time with a lot of linen be­cause of the hol­i­days and the V8s.

“But it’s just gone from one day you’re work­ing to the next day you’re not.”

Mr Crisa­fulli and his part­ner Wil­low Howarth, who is al­most 38 weeks preg­nant, had been liv­ing pay cheque to pay cheque on less than $ 700 a week while rais­ing two- yearold son Tayte.

But now they are re­ly­ing on * Pa­per + Cape DVD + Case Cen­tre­link pay­ments and d if Mr Crisa­fulli doesn’t find work his fam­ily will have to leave Townsville.

“We are now late on pay­ments with our car, we are on a strict pay­ment plan with our elec­tric­ity so our power might get cut, and we could lose ev­ery­thing,” Mr Crisa­fulli said.

Mr Crisa­fulli has con­crete, fac­tory and labour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and said he was will­ing to un­dergo train­ing to get a job. “I will do any­thing,’’ he said. Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Unit in­spec­tor Stephen Knight said of­fi­cers were able to en­ter the burnt- out laun­dry on Fri­day to un­der­take pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

To con­tact Mr Crisa­fulli about em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties call 0407 128 505.

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Pic­tures: FIONA HARD­ING

DES­PER­ATE: Nick Crisa­fulli with part­ner Wil­low Howarth, who is 37 weeks preg­nant, and son Tayte Crisa­fulli, 2; ( inset) the Townsville Laun­dries fire last week.

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