Friends rally for fire fam­ily

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY TOM TOR­RANCE

NEIGH­BOURS of a fam­ily whose home was de­stroyed af­ter be­ing struck by light­ning are ral­ly­ing round to raise money for them.

More than £2,000 has been raised in less than 24 hours af­ter the house was rav­aged by fire dur­ing the se­vere stormy weather over the week­end.

MORE than £2,000 was raised in less than 24 hours to help a fam­ily whose house was de­stroyed by a light­ning strike at the week­end.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to Corn Mill Road, Wood­ilee, near Kirk­in­til­loch, on Satur­day night when a house went up in flames fol­low­ing flash flood­ing, thun­der and light­ning, across Glas­gow and East Dun­bar­ton­shire.

Frank Mal­colm and his fam­ily could only watch in hor­ror as their dream home was en­gulfed by flames.

The fam­ily were down­stairs watch­ing TV when the house was hit by a bolt of light­ning.

Frank told the Scot­tish Sun: “The first I knew any­thing was wrong was when the TV went off and the elec­tric tripped.

“I went round turn­ing off all the power sock­ets.

“I went up­stairs to do the same and I could hear crack­ling in the roof then I no­ticed smoke un­der the eaves.

“By then the door­bell was ring­ing and it was a neigh­bour say­ing ‘ get out, your house is on fire’.

“I got my wife and two kids and we got out. “The roof was on fire.” The house, which the fam­ily had only been liv­ing in for seven months, was rav­aged by the blaze.

Now, mem­bers of Wood­ilee Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion are now ral­ly­ing in sup­port of their neigh­bours and try­ing to raise £5,000.

Last night, the to­tal passed the £2,000 mark.

A state­ment on the crowd­fund­ing page said: “This fundrais­ing page has been or­gan­ised by the Wood­ilee Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion to help pro­vide sup­port to the fam­ily with all monies do­nated go­ing di­rectly to them.

“Any funds re­ceived in ex­cess of their re­quire­ments will be do­nated to a char­ity of their choice.

“At the time of cre­ation the fam­ily are not aware of this crowd­fund­ing page.”

Else­where, flash flood­ing was re­ported in Bish­op­briggs and part of Gart­con­nell Road, in Bears­den, was flooded, leav­ing a car stranded in about four feet of wa­ter.

Lo­cal flood­ing also im­pacted a num­ber of rail ser­vices and caused dis­rup­tion for flights at Glas­gow Air­port.

The house went up in flames af­ter be­ing struck by light­ning in Satur­day’s heavy thun­der­storms

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