Community rallies for family that lost everything in fire

The home on Nathaniel Way destroyed by fire on Monday, June 17.
The home on Nathaniel Way destroyed by fire on Monday, June 17.

DONATIONS are being collected for the family members displaced when the home they were renting on Nathaniel Way in Orelia was destroyed by fire on Monday.

Tracy, who did not want her surname used, said she and her son and another boy in her care were affected by the fire, along with her daughter and her daughter’s four children.

Tracy was away from the home over the weekend and returned on Monday, June 17, about midday to see it on flames.

She reported the fire to emergency services but lost everything in the blaze.

Tracy in particular is in need of clothes, a mattress and bedding including pillows, and had planned to go to the NAIDOC Ball at the end of the month but lost her dress in the fire.

New toiletries were also requested, along with clothes for her 15-year-old son and the 13-year-old boy in her care.

The boys also need Gilmore College uniforms.

The younger children in her daughter’s care have received donations from the community via social media.

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook’s office has taken calls of support after offering to be a collection point for donations for the family, and gave Tracy some new towels and a Best and Less voucher.

Big W also came to the party, donating two comforters today.

Tracy expressed “a big thank you” to those in the community who had shown support to date.
“You don’t think things like this are going to happen to you,” she said.

The fire extensively damaged the home with the damage bill estimated at $250 000.

Arson Squad detectives are still asking any motorists who were driving along Christmas Avenue and Nathaniel Way in Orelia between 12pm and 12.30pm on Monday, who have dash-cam vision to come forward.

Anyone with any information relating to this fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

Callers may remain anonymous if they wish.

Rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information that leads to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of an arsonist.

To donate, call Roger Cook’s office on Chisham Avenue in Kwinana on 9439 6444.

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