Call to support Banora fire victims

JULIE Convine and her family are pleading for help from the community after losing all their possessions to a fire on Sunday.

Ms Convine, her three young children and flatmate Thomas Gilbert, lost everything after fire tore through the Banora Point home they were renting just before 5am.

Left with only the clothes on their back Ms Convine was yesterday trying to keep positive about the family's ordeal. "The kids have lost all their toys," Ms Convine said. "I know they are only toys, but to kids they are everything."

Ms Convine and Mr Gilbert were yesterday still astounded at how quickly they lost everything.

"Fifteen minutes and it was all gone," Mr Gilbert said. "It took two big trucks to move in, but it will only take one trailer to move out."

Ms Convine, 39, was awoken by the barking of her dog, Indy, before she heard noises coming from the garage. She ran to tell Mr Gilbert who went to check and soon saw the fire. The pair escaped unharmed and huddled by the back fence in the rain, calling for help as their house was engulfed in flames.

The children, Jake, 7, Chloe, 6, and Nicholas, 4, were yesterday in the care of a friend while their mother attempted to sort out a place for them to stay.

A number of generous people have already dropped off money and other goods to help the family start re-building their lives.

Staff at Super Amart in Tweed Heads South have offered their store as a drop-off point for smaller donated goods, including clothing, sheets and toys.

Ms Convine said the staff at the Tweed Heights IGA had also allowed her to take a number of grocery items from the store yesterday free of charge. She said she was appreciative of all the community support. "I just want to say a big thankyou to everyone that has helped out."

Ms Convine and Mr Gilbert were expecting the forensics report into the cause of the fire late yesterday. Anyone with items to donate can contact Ms Convine on 0401 475 178 or drop them at Super Amart on Greenway Drive.

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