HELP NEEDED: Fire leaves Power famly with nothing
"I LEFT home at about 7.45 on Friday morning to go to work. I stopped off in town to grab something to eat and I was sitting outside the bakery when a fire truck went past.
"I thought, 'oh, I wonder where that is going', as you naturally do when you see a fire truck. Little did I know at that point that it was headed straight for my home."
Kerry Power, her husband Steve and their family lost everything when a ferocious fire ripped through their home on Fairydale Rd last Friday.
Mrs Power said her day started out like any other but soon turned into a nightmare when her friends and colleagues alerted her to the devastation back home.
"I got to work and my boss was straight beside my car and my friend Susie was on the phone asking if I had pulled the car up yet. That's when I knew something was wrong," she said.
"That's when Susie told me my house was on fire. I lost it. I was just crying and so upset."
Mrs Power said the next time she saw her home it was completely gutted, destroyed by fire.
"By the time I got back to the house, which would have been close to 9.30, there was nothing left," she said.
"I was devastated. I couldn't believe it."
This is the third major blow the family has suffered in the past three years, with health problems and devastation from the floods contributing to their hardship.
"We haven't had the best of luck. We lost a lot of our stuff in the last floods and Steve, my husband, was diagnosed last year with a rare form of leukaemia. He has been living in Brisbane," Mrs Power said.
This fire was just one more thing we do not need.
Mrs Power said their family dog Bella, who was missing during the fire, was found on Monday by her daughter in the rubble that remained of their home.
"I know that a house can be replaced but you can't replace a little dog like that," she said.
The Power family said they were at a loss as to where to go from here.
"We have to wait to hear back from our insurance company and also from the investigators. All we know at the moment is that the fire was not suspicious," Mrs Power said.
Family friends and brother and sister Makaila and Brodie Smyth have started fundraising for the family to help get them back on their feet.
"There are no words to describe how bad this is. They suffered during the floods and bounced back and now this. It is devastating," Miss Smyth said.
"We have set up a Go Fund Me page under the Power Family House Fund and we are hoping to raise $10,000, which will help pay bills, buy food and anything else the family need."
The duo is urging others to get involved and donate to get the Powers back on their feet.