‘I shouted out for my daugh­ter, grabbed the dogs and legged it’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Blaze Horror - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk sis­ter, Valerie Day, in Ash­ford.

“My sis­ter has been amaz­ing,” Mrs Hor­ton said. “I could not have coped with­out her th­ese last few days. Ev­ery­one has been so good. Even on Mon­day night when the fire broke out peo­ple were com­ing up to me and of­fer­ing me things.

“Peo­ple of­fered to take care of the dogs but I wanted to keep them with me. They were all I had that night.”

Since the fire, hun­dreds of items have been do­nated to the Hor­ton fam­ily and their neigh­bours, who are be­lieved to be stay­ing in a ho­tel.

Gen­er­ous peo­ple have been drop­ping off items to The Bri­tish Vol­un­teer pub in New Street, Ash­ford.

Mrs Hor­ton said: “I re­ally feel for the other fam­ily and I am so pleased their whole house wasn’t taken. Two fam­i­lies have been af­fected and they need help too.

“We re­ally would like to say a mas­sive thank you to ev­ery­one who has do­nated and of­fered fur­ni­ture and clothes. Peo­ple have been so amaz­ing.

“The John Wal­lis Academy were bril­liant too, they let us use their of­fice for phone and in­ter­net ac­cess.

“The whole of Ash­ford has been great. I would like to say thank you to Lee and Sam from The Bri­tish Vol­un­teer and to ev­ery­one from the emer­gency ser­vices. We are so grate­ful and I don’t know how to re­pay ev­ery­one.”

Valerie Day with her sis­ter Rose­mary Hor­ton

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