Casino family looking for accommodation after home destroyed
IT WAS not how Norm Summers planned to spend his birthday when his family's Casino home burned down a fortnight ago.
Family from Nambucca Heads had arrived to celebrate with him and his partner Toni Claydon when disaster struck.
"We were out in the shed having a family celebration when someone yelled the house was on fire because they heard the smoke alarms going off," Mr Summers said.
"We raced up there and I tried to put it out with my garden hose."
Unfortunately, his efforts weren't enough and the once purple house is now a decidedly black and purple tone.
"There is a lot of smoke damage and we were only able to salvage a few mementos," Ms Claydon said.
With four adults and five children living in the house, they are very thankful no one was hurt.
Since the fire, community support has been overwhelming with Facebook page Casino Information Exchange inundated with offers of clothes, furniture and other items.
"We've had heaps of donations of toys, clothes, beds and even Christmas presents," Ms Claydon said.
Ms Claydon said what the large family really needs however is at least a four-bedroom house.
"We are currently staying at mum's in a three-bedroom house and a tent," the pregnant mother said.
At the time of publication inspectors were still investigating the cause of the fire.