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