Children flee burning home
By NERIDA BLOK and RENEE REDMOND
CASINO mother of three Bryony Brice broke down in tears yesterday after a fire destroyed her home.
"We've lost everything," Ms Brice said. "We were lucky the children were all out and all alive. That's all that matters."
It took the Casino Fire Brigade 40 minutes to extinguish the fire, which started about 3.15pm.
Station officer Glenn Stewart said the Hotham Street house was engulfed in flames on arrival.
"It was really going," he said.
The whole house was totally engulfed by flames when they arrived.
Detectives and crime scene police also attended the scene.
The cause of the fire is still not known.
Ms Brice, a single mother, said she had just gone down the street to get a haircut with her son, Nevar, 16, when the blaze erupted.
Nevar has his Year 10 formal at Casino High School tonight and was with his mother to pick up his formal suit.
Her youngest son, Ambrose, 12, was at home playing with a friend inside the house when one of the boys ran outside and found the verandah on fire.
Everything went up in the fire, including the new computer Ms Brice had just purchased for her studies.
"I was doing a certificate course in business administration at TAFE," she said.
"It was my second last day tomorrow.
"The homework I had at home ready has all gone up in smoke.
"Everything went up. But the main thing is we've all got each other."
Neighbour Lynn Davis witnessed the devastation.
"I was hosing the garden out the front. When I turned around I saw the foam mattresses on the verandah on fire," she said.
"I ran across the road to get the boys and luckily they were already out."
Mrs Davis said her husband called the fire brigade but 'the whole house was engulfed in seconds'.
To help out the Brice family with monetary or material donations please call Gillian Plunkett after hours on 6662 1307, or Meg Neilsen on 6663 5239.