Lismore comes to fire victims' aid
THE Lismore family whose rented home was razed to the ground in a ferocious fire last month have been overwhelmed by the generosity of neighbours, friends and strangers.
Inna and Rob Provost and their 11-year-old son lost nearly all their worldly possessions in the Girards Hill fire and did not have contents insurance.
The family had only moved to Lismore from Brisbane last year and didn’t have many friends or any family support.
Following the fire they feared they would have toreturn to the city to recover from the financial loss – that was until Lismore opened its heart.
“The response to our troubles was amazing,” Mrs Provost said. “We just want to say a big thank you to the whole Lismore community for their support, both financial and emotional. We are so touched by all the help.”
Mrs Provost said support came from some of the most unexpected quarters, including the Bank of Queensland, Armisteads Gallery, andHoward’s Butchers.
“Lismore Veterinary Clinic even put our dog up for three days while we were getting sorted,” she said.
“The Salvos gave us clothes and things, and Albert Park School where our son goes put on a fundraiser for us.
“And my work was amazing. People from Sullivanand Nicolaides regional laboratories sent us parcels and money.
“Everyone was just so thoughtful and we really appreciate the country warmth.
“If we lived in a big city like Sydney, like we are used to, I doubt we would have had any help.”
Police are still investigating the cause of the Girards Hill fire, but suspect it was the result of an electrical fault.
Investigations into three other serious house fires that occurred in the region last month are also continuing.
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of blazes that destroyed two luxury homes at Wategos Beach in Byron Bay and seriously damaged another in Lismore Heights. Firefighters are warning householders to check all winter appliances.