The Invergordon family who lost their belongings in the Easter Ross fire thanks the community for their rallying

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A FAMILY who lost everything in a devastating fire this weekend expressed their heartfelt thanks to the community for rallying together.

Invergordon couple Helen Alexander and George Williamson and their three children were unharmed as flames engulfed their home at 36 Gordon Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

While the fire burned through the first floor and the attic, smoke and water damage was extensive throughout.

Unfortunately, the family – now temporarily relocated to Milnafua in Alness – were unable to collect their belongings.

With an immediate need for essentials, including baby gear and clothes, they were blown away by the quick response from supporters in Invergordon and surrounding areas.

Family friend Laura Dryburgh posted a plea for help on social media, with offers for food, clothing, furniture and other necessities pouring in soon.

A crowdfunder has now been set up to offer the family further help in www.gofundme.com/f/help-helen-and-george-start-again

Beauty and aesthetics lecturer Tina McCaffery, who created the crowdfunding, said: ‘There was no loss of life, thank goodness, but it’s just a disgrace to the family.

“They have young children – a baby, a toddler and a teenager – and they have lost everything.

“They went in and saw if anything was salvageable, but nothing was. They are coping, but understandably very upset. The children lost all their toys. Helen and George must have lived in this house for over 15 years.

“It’s not just personal effects, it’s keepsakes – all those little things that you can’t replace – it’s all gone. Starting over is very difficult.

She said the family were full of gratitude for the community, adding, “When the community comes together like she does, it is heartwarming. There are a lot of good people out there who don’t want to see anyone, especially a family with young children, without it.

“That’s what makes this community special.”

Local Councilor Maxine Smith added: “As always in Invergordon and Alness, the community has been amazing coming together with furniture or household items collected.

“My thoughts are with the family. The council welfare team are helping them.


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