Update on Casino, Tintenbar family homes destroyed by fire
TWO Northern Rivers families are counting their losses after fire destroyed their homes and belongings in separate blazes at Casino and Tintenbar yesterday.
A Newcastle Fire Communications spokeswoman said fire fighters were called to Coachwood Crescent at Casino at 10:50 am after reports of smoke coming from a single storey home.
When fire fighters from Casino brigade arrived they found the roof of the brick and tile home was well alight.
The spokeswoman said fire fighters doused the flames before conducting a search of the house which revealed nobody was home.
Within hours, family friend Cherie Chapman set up a crowdfunding campaign for the single mother, Kirsty and her four daughters, who lost most of the belongings in the fire.
"This morning around 10:45 a family in Casino lost their belongs to a house fire," Ms Chapman posted on gofundme yesterday.
"I have set this up so we can all chip in and help the family restart in a new home.
"Kirsty is a single mum of four beautiful girls, unfortunely she was not insured either.
"Household donations are also being taken."
This morning donations had already reached $520.
To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/jfjtup44.
Then at 2pm thick black smoke was spotted billowing from the Vanderstok home on Tintenbar Rd and fire fighters from Fire and Rescue NSW Ballina brigade and Rural Fire Service volunteers from Alstonville, Newrybar and Lennox Head attended.
The brigades quickly got to work, but by that time the blaze had taken hold and soon after the roof on the block wall and iron roof home collapsed.
The Vanderstok family, who were not home at the time, arrived home yesterday afternoon to find their home destroyed.