Syd upset at home in flames
A RETIRED grandfather who watched as flames engulfed his weatherboard house said he was most devastated about losing the Christmas gifts he had bought for his family.
Syd Cunningham, 72, had lived in the four-bedroom home on Railway St in Altona for 48 years.
About 3pm on Friday he returned to his street to find it blocked off and dozens of firefighters attempting to put out a blaze that had engulfed his house and one next door.
“Flames were still coming out of the roof,” Mr Cunningham said. “There was nothing you could do but watch. There is nothing much you can say.”
Mr Cunningham said he was “a little bit worried” about his future, but added: “No one was hurt, to me that is the important thing.”
Firefighters were able to save some of Mr Cunningham’s belongings, but not the gifts he had bought for his three children and one grandchild. “Even the receipt for Christmas lunch at the pub is gone,” he said.
No one was hurt. Yesterday insurers were assessing the two homes, while specialist investigators continued to try to locate the cause.