Family loses everything in fire days before school starts
A FATHER and his three children have been left homeless just days before the new school year after a fire destroyed their family home at Goodna on Monday night.
The man managed to flee the property safely with his three children and ran back in to grab his pet dog.
The fire broke out about 8.30pm after power was restored to the suburb, following an afternoon storm.
Next door neighbour Helen Bocking said she had just blown out the candles in her living room when she heard people shouting "fire".
"I heard a fire alarm go off and 'I thought how bad can it be?'," she said.
"I came out and there were flames just shooting out the back of the house. It was really violent, really quickly.
"I rushed to get my hose, it wasn't doing anything. The smoke got really, really bad."
Ms Bocking moved her cars that were parked by the fence and opened her gates for the fire crews.
"By the time that happened and the fireys got here, all the windows were blown out. It was so quick," she said.
"I didn't actually realise until later that it had gone all the way through to the front of the house. I thought it was just in the back of the house."
The fire flared back up a short time later, forcing crews to work quickly to contain the blaze.
"Everything had been cooled off and it was fine and I was back in my house and I looked out my kitchen window and their kitchen was on fire again, so they were in there a second time.
"He's a single father I think, three kids. Lovely family. They own birds and have a couple of dogs."
It's understood the man's real estate is assisting in finding new accommodation for the family. Neighbours have also offered to donate school uniforms for the children along with other necessities.
Investigations into the cause of the blaze will continue.