A family of eight has had their home completely destroyed after a “devastating” fire ripped through a Tasmanian town near Devonport on Christmas Day.
One of the parents’ sisters, Maeghan Wealands, shared the family’s heartbreaking news on a GoFundMe page saying the Sheffield home was “immensely damaged”.
“My sister, her partner and their family – five teenagers and a five-year-old boy – have just had their family home in Lower Barrington, Sheffield, extensively damaged by a devastating electrical fire this morning on Christmas Day.” , he wrote.
Mrs Wealands’ parents, who lived at the property in a granny flat, were the ones who raised the alarm after noticing smoke coming from the house.
His father tried to put out the flames with a garden hose while they waited for firefighters to arrive at the scene.
However, it was too late to save the house.
“The results of this fire are catastrophic, the whole house is in ruins and the house is completely uninhabitable,” Ms Wealands said.
In an incredible stroke of luck, the family had left the house to attend a Christmas dinner and no one was hurt.
“It could have been a lot worse and we are very thankful that the family and pets are safe.”
All of the families possessions were destroyed by the fire, leaving the family overwhelmed at such a chaotic time of year to replace necessities.
The GoFundMe page reached its original goal within 24 hours and has since raised $11,245 of the updated goal of $15,000.
“We are genuinely overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness. Thank you all so much,” Mrs Wealands said.
“We’ve updated the goal, we’re not quite sure what to put on it, just wanted to say what a supportive community and everyone looks out for the family so much.”
Originally published as Family home destroyed in horror Christmas Day house fire