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WATCH: Fresh appeal to help Cornish family hit by fire

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7:14pm 15th January 2018
(Updated 7:14pm 15th January 2018)

A fresh appeal has gone out to help a Cornish family without a home after it was gutted by a huge fire.

Friends say the residents, believed to be a couple, lost everything when flames engulfed the house in Par earlier this month.

They are now spending nights at a hotel, with little hope of permanent accommodation until their house is rebuilt.

At its height, crews from St Austell, Fowey, Mevagissey, Lostwithiel and Wadebridge were battling the blaze on Saturday night.

It spread from a first-floor bedroom to the roof on Upper Eastcliffe Road and crews were at the scene until the early hours.

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A crowdfunder has since been launched to help the family and their two dogs get back on their feet.

Michael Ashley set up one of the Crowdfunders, posting: "Please any small donations, even £1, will mean a lot to this loving family that lost everything in a matter of seconds in front of their eyes.

"Thankfully nobody was hurt.

"They are currently staying in a hotel at this moment in time, so we would like to raise as much as we can so they can have money for a private rented property as they have now been told it's going to take them a year for their house to be rebuilt.

"We are trying to raise them first months rent and deposit for some were they can call home again please would be much grateful to all your help towards the family."

You can read more and find out how to donate here or check more details on a dedicated Facebook page.

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Crews managed to stop the blaze, which broke out at around 8.30pm, from spreading to nearby properties.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service confirmed that everyone was safe and that no-one had been injured.

Operators stayed on the line for over six minutes to make sure everyone made it out.

Control Firefighter, Todd Hollyoake, said "We understand any incident like this is traumatic and upsetting to all those affected.

"The caller stated that they were not out of the property. I instructed them to get out immediately. It was a further six minutes before the occupants made their way out of the building".

He continued: "This has been the second call in recent weeks where the occupants were still inside the property.

"It is absolutely vital for occupants to realise how quickly fires can develop and how rapidly you can become overcome by smoke.

"When a fire starts in your home, your priority must be to get out, stay out and call 999".

Watch more footage from the scene below...

7:14pm 15th January 2018

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