Memories are all fire victim has left
By ANDY PARKS
JAMIE CROSSING managed to save a box full of personal video tapes, his video camera and a computer before fire destroyed his North Lismore home on Monday afternoon.
“I was in the process of backing up the video tapes on to a computer,” he said. “I wish I’d done more because they’re the things you really can’t replace.”
Mr Crossing said his immediate concern was getting some clothes to wear. “There’s so many things to do, I don’t know where to start,” he said.
The building was divided into two units with two separate titles; one belonging to Mr Crossing and the other to Beckinsales Monumental Masons.
Mr Crossing said when he smelt smoke, he looked all around the house and couldn’t see any-%thing until he looked out a back window.
“I saw smoke coming from the Beckinsales side of the building and went downstairs and started hosing it down, before I realised it was a waste of time. I went into the Beckinsales office, but there was no one there, so I went back inside and called triple-0.”
That’s when Mr Crossing realised it was time to try and grab some of his personal possessions and get out.
“I went upstairs and grabbed a box of video tapes and my high definition camera. When I came back there was smoke upstairs and I thought ‘I’m not going up there again’. I heard a noise and didn’t like the sound of it. I thought it might all come down on top of me,” he said.
Mr Crossing said he had lived in the building for 12 years and had been in contact with his insurer. He is staying with his daughter and grandchildren in South Lismore.
He praised the efforts of the police and fire brigade, as well as a local business that offered him a free washing machine.
Andrew McGregor, who works at Beckinsales, said the unit was used as a storage area for the business and they had lost a lot of old records stored in there. The owners, Keith and Jenny Smith and their daughter, also had personal belongings stored there.