Dream wedding destroyed by fire

TWO MONTHS after her uncle, Broadwater man Edward "Ned" Kelly, was found beheaded, Tanya Laurie has lost her Mummulgum home and has had to cancel her wedding after her house was gutted by fire on Saturday.

A devastated Ms Laurie called the Northern Star yesterday to break the news, saying she lost many of her uncle's treasured possessions in the blaze.

The professional cake decorator, who was planning to marry in November, said she lost all her wedding decorations as well as her cake decorating utensils and books in the fire.

She said the blaze broke out just after midday while her 14-year-old son Travis was home alone when she went to pick up her fiance.

"My mobile phone rang and it was my neighbour, Debbie Fitzhenry, and she said to me I've got Travis and he's okay," she said.

"She said sweetie, I have got some really bad news for you, your house is on fire ... it's really bad."

Ms Laurie said she also lost her engagement ring which her fiance's father gave his mother 40 years ago.

"All my cake stuff and all the family photos and all of uncle Ned's stuff was lost in the fire."

Her home and contents were insured and Ms Laurie is currently living with her fiance's parents until her insurance company finds them a house.

"It doesn't matter if it was insured or not, I'll never be able to replace it."



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