Family being supported by school

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A Richmond family that was left homeless after a fire destroyed their house last weekend, is being supported by the school its children go to.

Richmond Primary School says it has collected food and clothing for the family and has had “heaps of offers” of furniture and other household goods from other families at the school.

The family, who are now staying at a local motel, is looking for a house to rent after the fire last Saturday morning completely gutted the back half of their house. The other half suffered severe smoke damage.

Fire investigator Craig Piner says the fire was caused by “some sort of electrical fault” in the lounge or kitchen

“The family were able to go through and get a few of their things once we had put it out,” he says.

Richmond Primary School principal Tim Brenton says the school community “has got right in behind them”.

“We have a wonderful community here and I know people are super keen to get behind them and help. We’re holding off on a few things until we know exactly where they’re going to be.”