Dekin Vanembden, 4, mum Tara Grange and Ashaiya-Roze Vanembden, 5, settle into their new home.
Dekin Vanembden, 4, mum Tara Grange and Ashaiya-Roze Vanembden, 5, settle into their new home. Sharyn Oneill

New home, new school for young Rockhampton fire victim

IT'S been a school holidays to remember for Glenmore Primary School Prep student Ashaiya-Roze Vanembden.

The five-year-old had her first day at the North Rockhampton-based primary school after transferring from Mt Archer State School.

To go with a new school, Ashaiya-Roze has a new home, filled with new furniture.

Two weeks after their former Rockonia Rd home was gutted when a fire ripped through it, Ashaiya-Roze, young brother Dekin and mum Tara Grange moved into a new home.

Thanks to the kind support of community housing organiser Reach, the young family now has a place to call home.

And through the generosity of Aussie Battler Removals owner Trevor Woodeson and a host of other local businesses, it's filled with furniture.

"It's great. It's not quite home yet, but we're getting there," Tara said.

"I just want to say thanks to everybody because we wouldn't be where we are without everyone's support."

Tara had since returned to their former residence following the blaze and, as she expected, there wasn't much left, but memories.

A Rockhampton Police spokesman said the cause of the fire was not suspicious and urged parents to keep an eye on their young children to ensure their safety.

Along with Reach and Trevor and the team, Rockhampton Windscreens, Rockhampton Painting Services and Businesswise Accounting have all also chipped in to help.

Fire hotspot

Rockhampton firies have attended four fires in the past three weeks.

  •  Tara Grange's former home in Rockonia Rd, North Rockhampton destroyed by fire on June 21.
  •  House fire in Steiners Road at The Caves on June 26.
  •  An Emu Park house went up in flames last Thursday.
  •  A faulty computer is believed to have started a fire in Diplock St, North Rockhampton last Thursday.


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