Faulty freezer sparks blaze

Ap­pli­ance sparks house fire

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - Jorja Mc­Don­nell jorja.mc­don­[email protected]­ern­starnews.com

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.

PHOTO: JORJA MC­DON­NELL

This May St house was de­stroyed by fire on Fri­day.

PHOTO: JORJA MC­DON­NELL

Fire crews re­sponded promptly to a house fire in May St, which has been blamed on a freezer.

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