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Fire destroys Harston's family's house

A Harston family last night slept at its landlord’s neighbouring property after fire destroyed its home.

JARROD WHITTAKER May 3, 2014 3:09am

Up in smoke: Sandra Reece, her partner and six children lost everything after fire destroyed the Harston house they were living in yesterday morning.


Firefighters were called to a Girgarre East Rd property about 10.45am yesterday.

Resident Sandra Reece, who lived at the property with her partner and six children, said she lost everything in the blaze.

‘‘I’ve got nothing — everything was in there,’’ Ms Reece said.

‘‘That’s all we have to our name now — the pile of clothes my stepson’s carrying.’’

No-one was inside the house when the fire broke out and nobody was injured.

A phone call from Ms Reece’s landlord Christine Tweeddale alerted her.

She returned home to find flames fully engulfing her house.

Ms Reece — whose family lives in Queensland — was last night staying with Ms Tweeddale.

Support agencies had been notified about the situation facing Ms Reece and her family.

The fire was controlled about 12.10pm.

The fire left Ms Tweeddale facing her own dilemma.

‘‘I don’t know what I’m going to do with this mess here,’’ she said.

Her house is situated on the same property.

During the fire, power supplier Powercor had cut power, leaving Mrs Tweeddale’s home without power and water.

Country Fire Authority incident controller Graeme Johnson said three fire trucks, representing Merrigum, Stanhope and Tatura, attended the fire.

He said the cause of the blaze was unknown and CFA fire investigators would visit the property to determine what had happened.

Police and ambulance also attended the scene.

Anyone able to help Ms Reece and her family should phone 0478061636.

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