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