ALL PACKED UP: Debbie Lee (right) and her family are in limbo after the house they were due to move into burnt down.
ALL PACKED UP: Debbie Lee (right) and her family are in limbo after the house they were due to move into burnt down. Sophie Lester

Blaze destroys rental home, leaving family nowhere to go

CREWS FROM Warwick Fire Station responded to a house fire which destroyed a weather-board house on Roona Rd south-east of Warwick in the early hours of Monday morning.

Debbie Lee was supposed to move into the rental property on Friday afternoon with her six children, partner, and live-in nephew.

A last minute decision to paint in the house extended the move in date to Monday, which meant the house was vacant when it burnt down.

"We were meant to move in today, we had everything sorted out," Miss Lee said.

"I found out when we rang my real estate to find out what he wanted me to do with the two weeks rent," she said.

"I just did not know what to say when my partner got off the phone, I was lost for words.

"I didn't know how to explain that to my six kids and my nephew living with us."

A vacant house sits in ruin following a Monday morning fire.
A vacant house sits in ruin following a Monday morning fire. Sophie Lester

Warwick Fire Station Officer Darren Welsh said crews were dispatched at 4am after a garbage truck driver saw the blaze.

"On arrival, the house was pretty much burnt down to the stumps," he said.

Now, with nowhere to move, Miss Lee and her family must find somewhere to accommodate them before their current landlord evicts them.

"I explained to the owner of the place that I'm living at now the situation, and asked nicely if it was possible to have an extra two weeks to have to look for something else," she said.

"They don't seem to care too much about the circumstances; they had new people ready to move in.

"It's left us in a predicament where if we left here now we'd be homeless."

Despite the circumstances, Miss Lee said she was thankful their move in was delayed and her family was unhurt.

"We were supposed to move in on the 16th, and if we had moved in then I could have risked losing everything," Miss Lee said.

"My day has consisted of making called to the RTA, the housing commission and my real estate and seeing where I stand," she said.

"I don't think I've had five minutes to myself to really take it in."

Station Officer Welsh said the house was about 100-years-old so may have had asbestos in it.

Fire investigators are yet to determine the cause of the blaze, however Warwick police Acting Senior Sergeant said initial investigations did not suggest suspicious circumstances.



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