Appeal For Tralee Family Who Lost Home In Fire Yesterday

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The fire damaged houses in Fountain Court yesterday.

A FUNDRAISING page has been set up for a Tralee family who lost their home in a fire at Fountain Court yesterday morning.

Six houses were affected by the fire which it is thought was caused by an electrical fault. The house where the fire started was not occupied at the time as the tenants were out.

James Purcell set up a gofundme page after his partner’s brother, Andrew, his partner Emma and their three children aged 2, 3 and 4, became homeless due to the fire which started in the neighbouring house.

At around 10.30am on Thursday, Andrew’s house, which he was renting, began to fill with smoke and when he investigated he realised that the house attached to him next door was up in flames.

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He called the fire brigade and got his partner Emma and the three kids out of the house as fast as possible.

There was no time to grab anything, so all they could do was watch on as their neighbours house was being engulfed in flames. The fire spread to their home and destroyed their belongings including priceless family items that belonged to his great-grandmother.

Damage was done to the rest of the house with the kitchen destroyed by fire damage. The rest of the house was damaged by smoke and water and left uninhabitable with significant structural damage.

Friendly neighbours took in the kids as Andrew and his partner called his mother and sister to come into Tralee as soon as possible. They are now staying with Andrew’s mother some 25 miles away in north Kerry.

The family need items for the children such as clothes, toys and books.

“Andrew’s only concern is that of the children, but we know that Andrew and his partner need stuff too,” wrote James. “When they do finally find a new home, they will have nothing to put in it and that’s what we are trying to raise money for,” said James.

“His partner Emma has only just moved in last week with her two children to become one family unit with Andrew and his daughter. At a time where they were looking forward to their future as a family, their lives have been turned upside down.”

Any donations are welcome and appreciated by the family. James thanked the public for their support so far. To donate click here to go to the gofundme page. Ryan’s Daybreak in Lisselton is also accepting donations for the family.

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