Community pulls together after house fire

House fire at Marshland St James ANL-150427-162413009
House fire at Marshland St James ANL-150427-162413009

A community is pulling together to help neighbours rebuild their lives after a devastating house fire.

Scores of firefighters were called to two homes in Trinity Road, Marshland St James, on Friday morning.

Now people living in Marshland St James and the surrounding area are rallying around to help neighbours Amy Smith, and her family, and Richard Cavill, whose semi-detached homes have been devastated by the blaze.

Villagers rallied around to raise £554.98 during a fete on Saturday organised to help the families and a Facebook page has also been started to support the families.

One of the people behind the page is Emma Whiting, who was inspired to help after seeing the fire.

She said: “The families have been humbled and truly amazed by the response from the community.”

Builder Phil Doughty, of Walsoken, has stepped forward to help rebuild the right property but is appealing for help.

Mr Doughty has already sourced a new kitchen and bathroom but is looking for plumbers, brick layers and roofers to help.

He said: “The support from the community has been fantastic and it will get stronger.

“I had found that if people can offer their hands to help or £20 it can really make a difference.”

Firefighters from Lynn, Wisbech, West Walton and Fakenham were called to the blaze at 8.16am on Friday.

The blaze is believed to have started in the lounge of the left property and spread into the roof.

It also moved into the neighbouring property’s roof.

Luckily, everyone was able to get out safely and firefighters only had to rescue a parrot from the right property.

Station manager Bob Ayres said: “It was a very serious fire which has totally destroyed one half of the semi detached property.”

The cause of the fire is believed to be a electrical fire.

If you would like to offer your services to help Mr Doughty call 0783 5238223.

Alternatively you can offer help by going to: www.facebook.com/MarshlandHouseFire You can make a donation by going to: http://gogetfunding.com/project/marshland-house-fires