Syd up­set at home in flames

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - BRI­ANNA TRAVERS

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.

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