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Somerset council kick starts fund to help fire victims

Emergency services attended a house fire at Atkinson Dam, about 5.45pm, on Monday, December 22.
Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star
Emergency services attended a house fire at Atkinson Dam, about 5.45pm, on Monday, December 22. Photo Tom Threadingham / Gatton Star Tom Threadingham

SOMERSET Regional Council has launched a special fundraising appeal to support an employee and her family after they tragically lost their home and all of their belongings in a house fire overnight.

A trust fund has been set up to accept cash donations to help Council employee, Debbie Chandler, her husband Richard, and their family back on their feet.

Fire completely destroyed their home at Atkinson Dam about 5.45pm on Monday, December 22.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said Mrs Chandler is a valued and well respected member of the Council team.

"It would be absolutely heartbreaking to lose your home and your belongings at anytime but for this to happen just a few days before Christmas is absolutely devastating," Cr Lehmann said.

"What we can do as a community is offer our compassion and support.

"Council has set up a trust fund to support Debbie and her family during this very difficult time."

Mrs Chandler, whose birthday is tomorrow, said she had lost "absolutely everything" in the blaze.

"I certainly did lose everything... all the Christmas presents for my kids and grandson and birthday presents for the kids too," she said.

"You always feel for these people when things like this happen, you just don't ever expect it to happen to you."

To assist Mrs Chandler and her family, cash donations are being accepted by electronic funds transfer to the following account:

Account Name:         Somerset Regional Council Trust account

BSB:                           084 648

Account Number:      75 332 6689   

Reference:                 Chandler

Bank:                          National Australia Bank

                                    Esk Branch

                                    Ipswich Street, Esk 4312

Topics:  appeal, house fire, somerset regional council


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