COM­EDY HELPS AF­TER FIRE TRAGEDY

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Min­utes af­ter dis­cov­er­ing she had lost ev­ery­thing in a freak house fire, Bro­gan Hill­stead went to a com­edy show. It was the only way the 25-yearold could deal with the thought of los­ing all the pho­tos and items that tied her to her fa­ther, who died 10 years ago. ‘‘I have lost all the stuff Dad gave me. I have noth­ing. All I have is a bi­cy­cle,’’ she said. ‘‘It is all gone. There is ab­so­lutely noth­ing.’’ Among the wreck­age was also her mother’s en­gage­ment and wed­ding ring. The Ama­zon store man­ager was vis­it­ing fam­ily in Christchurch last Satur­day, at the time of the fire, and did not see the re­mains un­til Sun­day. ‘‘It was kind of sur­real un­til I got back and then I was up­set. That’s when it hit home. My bed is on the oven. The springs are lit­er­ally on the oven.’’ Hill­stead had lived in the home only six months and had for­got­ten to trans­fer her in­sur­ance from her last flat, a mis­take she said she would never make again.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Speech­less: Flat­mates Bro­gan Hill­stead, left, Jeremy Dun­can and Josh Hawkins in what was left of their Oak Ave home.

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