Mother of five left homeless after house destroyed by fire in Eden

View of the blaze from a neighbouring backyard. Photo: Tiona Leigh
View of the blaze from a neighbouring backyard. Photo: Tiona Leigh

Eden Fire and Rescue were called to a house fire in Moorhead Street Eden at 8.46am on Sunday.

The fire had spread throughout the home, and is believed to have started in the kitchen. Firefighters extinguished the blaze.

“We got to the house and it was well on fire, so we started performing defensive firefighting,” Eden Fire and Rescue member Paul Kirkby said. 

The housing commission home fire was also attended by Bega and Merimbula Fire and Rescue, Eden Rural Fire Service, Eden Police and paramedics.

There were no casualties, and no suspicious circumstances have been associated with the incident, Mr Kirkby said

NSW Fire and Rescue remind the community to check they have a working smoke detector and to visit their website for tips and precautions on how to avoid a fire in home. 

The Eden community are rallying together to help the mother and her five children who lost their home.

Family friend Lauren Woods has set up a GoFundMe page asking for donations to help the family get back on their feet.

Alternatively, Ms Woods said those who are willing to donate clothes or supermarket gift cards would be much appreciated. 

“If anyone is able to help by donating some clothes or shoes to keep these little ones warm the sizes are boys three and four, girls three and five and a ladies small,” Ms Woods said.

Contact Lauren Woods on Facebook. Donations can be dropped off to 6 Wellings Court or 31 Moorhead Street, Eden. 

The support staff at Playability Eden are also accepting monetary donations in the form of food vouchers or gift cards to distribute to the family. 

Drop off donations to the Eden Playability Centre, Crown Lane Eden or Bega Playability Centre, Church Street, Bega. Contact 6496 1918.