Lynda Mallaby’s son, Erin Young (left) and her brother John, extinguish the smouldering debris of her house at The Channon.
Lynda Mallaby’s son, Erin Young (left) and her brother John, extinguish the smouldering debris of her house at The Channon. DAVID NIELSEN

Appeal launched for fire victim

A PUBLIC appeal has been launched to help Lynda Mallaby rebuild her home destroyed by fire on Tuesday night.

A suspected lightning strike during stormy weather earlier this week sparked the fire that engulfed the house near The Channon, which Ms Mallaby had spent years building.

Her Lismore-based mother, Audrey Mallaby, has established a bank account for people to donate money to assist in the rebuilding of the house while her daughter finishes her life’s first proper holiday in Thailand – oblivious to what has happened.

“We’ll gently break the news to her on the way home,” Ms Mallaby said.

“I already had pledged a couple of thousand dollars.

“(Lismore City) Council is going to help any way they can too.”

Ms Mallaby said she was heartened by the response from the community.

“It just renews my faith not just in human nature but in the local community,” she said.

“People are just so wonderful.”

Lynda’s family and friends have also planned a small party for her when she arrives back from overseas next weekend.

“We’re having a little party for her,” Ms Mallaby said.

“The beauty of it is that no-one was killed. But she’s left with nothing.”

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said she would be making a small contribution to the appeal.

“I will give,” she said.

“I’ve put through a councillor request to see how we can fast-track any approval.”

If you want to donate to the appeal, you can do so through any Westpac bank branch (Account name: The Lynda Mallaby Appeal; BSB: 032539; Account number: 352276).

The Rural Fire Service is still investigating the cause of the blaze on Wallace Road.



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