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Community generosity helps family who lost everything

Police said the house was totally engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.
Police said the house was totally engulfed in flames by the time they arrived. Contributed

CENTRAL Queensland communities have rallied with support for a Middlemount family after fire gutted their home.

When emergency services arrived at the scene of the Gunsynd St blaze at 12.15pm on Wednesday, the house was engulfed in flames.

While no one was hurt in the blaze, the heartbreak of losing everything weeks before Christmas touched communities from Middlemount to Springsure, Blackwater, Capella and Emerald, after news of the fire spread on social media.

Teams of volunteers, including Pam Bartlett-Munt at Emerald, vowed to help the family of three back on their feet.

"I've just been blown away by the community spirit," Ms Bartlett-Munt said.

"We've had queen beds, mattresses, electrical goods, dining tables, sheets, towels, clothing, toys, even a vacuum cleaner donated.

"A friend donated her husband to help us lift stuff.

"I've spent the last 24 hours either responding to messages on Facebook or collecting goods."

Ms Bartlett-Munt didn't know the family, but became involved when a friend from Middlemount called and asked if she could ask around for donated goods.

"I said 'Yeah mate, no worries' and put it on Facebook," she said.

"It just went off.

"I've had to move my husband's car out of the shed to make room (for donated goods) and I've got a Land Cruiser full to the brim with donations.

"I'm hoping we'll have it all collected by 9pm (last night)."

She said it had been a tough year for most Emerald businesses, which is why she found it touching to see such widespread generosity.

"Everyone I've spoken to has said 'It's a terrible thing to happen at any time of year, but it just sucks at Christmas'," she said.

"Isn't it wonderful to see people so generous of spirit? This is why I live here."

The truck, donated by Emerald Couriers, was set to leave Emerald this morning to deliver the goods to Middlemount.

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You can donate to help the family at:

ANZ bank

Account name: Smokin Hot Charity Fund

BSB: 014651

Account: 193875419.

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