Faulty freezer sparks blaze
Appliance sparks house fire
FIRE investigators were in Roma on the weekend to determine the cause of Friday’s house fire in May St.
After searching the premises, they were able to determine the fire was not suspicious, and an electrical fault relating to a freezer was the cause.
Within hours of the tragedy, a GoFundMe campaign was set up by heartbroken locals to help the couple who lived in the home.
AN ELECTRICAL fault in a freezer is the likely cause of a fire which ripped through a May St home on Friday, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service staff confirmed.
Authorities were alerted to the blaze at around 11am and, within minutes, three fire crews and police were on the scene, Senior Sergeant Duane Frank, of Roma Police, said.
“Shortly after 11am, the concern was raised by a passing motorist that there was a house on fire.
“Emergency services responded, QPS attended and fire services controlled the fire,” he said.
Sen-Sgt Frank said firefighters who battled the blaze worked hard to get it under control.
“Fire crews, which responded promptly, are to be commended because their actions allowed all of the surrounding houses to stay safe.
“Everyone who was evacuated was able to return to their homes,” he said.
Within hours, one compassionate local had set up a GoFundMe page to help the residents of the destroyed home get back on their feet.
The organiser of the fundraiser, Alicia Dalton, said in the description of the campaign that she was heartbroken for her friends.
“On the 11th of January Silka and Anthony lost everything in a house fire,” she wrote.
“No-one was home, thankfully, but they have lost everything they own nothing is left.
“They both work so hard to have a nice home to go to and now that all gone.
“I’m so heartbroken for them.
“All I ask is if anyone can donate any little amount for them so we can help them rebuild their life.”
Family, friends and community members have rallied behind the cause and, as of Monday, the campaign had raised $1325 of its $10,000 goal.
This May St house was destroyed by fire on Friday.
Fire crews responded promptly to a house fire in May St, which has been blamed on a freezer.