Six escape house fire South Lismore couple lose everything
By NERIDA BLOK
HECTOR and Sandra Bolt, and four of their grandchildren, escaped unhurt from a fire which destroyed their three-bedroom rented home in Charlton Avenue, South Lismore, early yesterday.
As Lismore detectives and crime scene staff investigated the damage, the couple consoled each other having lost all but the pyjamas they were wearing.
"It's devastating," said Mr Bolt, a groundsman for Lismore City Council for the past 30 years.
"I've got nothing. Everything's gone. My wife's teeth. She didn't get her teeth out. Not even glasses to read."
Mr Bolt said his 18-year-old grandson, who was sleeping in the downstairs bedroom, alerted him to the fire about 12.50am.
"He could smell smoke and see sparks coming out," he said.
It took the fire brigade 20 min- utes to arrive, but Mr Bolt said 'by the time they got here, there was nothing ? it went so fast'.
Police are still to find out what caused the fire.
Mrs Bolt, a manager for a Lismore women's shelter, said it was the second time tragedy had struck.
She said they lost everything in the 1974 flood, just after moving to Lismore from Newcastle for her husband to play rugby league.
"Now we have to start from scratch again," she sighed.
The couple, who had just purchased a new lounge, had no contents insurance.
"The house may be insured, but we don't," Mr Bolt said.
Close friends and neighbours, Ray and Dot Giggins, are co-ordinating an appeal on behalf of the Bolts.
To help please call Mrs Giggins after 5pm on 6621 8732, or donations can be dropped off at 17 Meadow Drive, South Lismore.