JustGiving page set up to help Northampton family whose house was destroyed by fire

The house has been left in ruin

Wednesday, 1st December 2021, 4:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd December 2021, 1:10 am

A JustGiving page has been set up for a Northampton family whose house was 'engulfed in flames' and destroyed by a fire.

Northampton Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) sent nine engines to the the property in Windflower Place in Ecton Brook at around 11.30pm on Tuesday (November 30).

The fire service said the family who live at the house are all accounted for and the neighbouring property has also been evacuated - however, one 24-year-old woman was left in the care of East Midlands Ambulance Service.

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The remains of the house in Windflower Place on Wednesday morning (December 1).

An NFRS spokesman said: "Upon arrival crews found the two-storey end-of-terrace property well alight, with the flames engulfing both floors and breaking through to the roof.

"Thankfully everyone in the property was accounted for."

The spokesman said the gas and electricity were shut down by Western Power Distribution, and resources were used to stop the fire spreading to the neighbouring house.

An initial fire investigation on Wednesday morning (December 1) has been unable to find a cause of the fire, but investigations remain ongoing, the spokesman said.

One witness said: "They would have lost every thing. The blaze went through the entire house, [there was] flames in every room. It’s so awful."

Ecton Brook resident Jess Dunk has started a JustGiving page for the family to help them through this turbulent time.

Jess said: "Everyone on the street is just shocked. You don't think it's going to happen to you, especially this close to Christmas.

"The crowdfunder is doing good. Hopefully we can get more supporters. Any and every pound will help support them through this difficult time.

"£2 for you might be nothing, but to them, at the moment, it's going to be really helpful - every little helps.

"The local Post Office in Ecton Brook is doing a cash fundraiser if people would prefer to help in that way."

Rectory Farm councillor James Hill is also helping Jess to spread the word.

He said: "I have worked with local resident Jess Dunk to set up a JustGiving page for the family. We are already at more than £600 in less than a day, which is fantastic.

"I would urge anyone who can to donate if possible - given it’s just before Christmas it will really help them."

The family live in a council house provided by Northampton Partnership Homes (NPH), which is now helping them find new accommodation.

Nicky McKenzie, assistant director for housing at NPH, said: “We’re in contact with the family and we’re offering our full support as we know how traumatic incidents like this can be.

"We have spoken to the family to see what help they need. We have arranged for them to stay in a hotel from today.

"We have already identified a suitable three-bedroom property which we are getting ready for them to move into next week, and they will be able to stay there for as long as it takes for us to assess the damage on their home. We will keep in touch with the family to discuss their next steps and support them through this difficult time.

"Their housing officer will be getting in touch to look at any other support the family needs. We will help them to move any of their belongings into the new property if this is necessary, and we will help with replacing any essential items they need.”

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