Maryborough’s Warren Thatcher had bad news waiting for him after he woke from an operation.
Maryborough’s Warren Thatcher had bad news waiting for him after he woke from an operation. Carlie Walker

Warren wakes from heart surgery to find home burnt down

AS IF recovering from open heart surgery wasn't enough, Maryborough's Warren Thatcher had bad news waiting for him after he woke.

His wife Bev didn't want to tell Warren that the home he used to store about $30,000 worth of tools for his truck business had burnt to the ground, fearing it might set back his recovery.

But four days after the fire, Mr Thatcher's wife had to do just that.

"I'll admit, I had a meltdown," he said.

The news made an already tough time even harder for Mr Thatcher and his family.

He had needed to have open heart surgery after suffering a heart attack just before Christmas.

The fire at Warren Thatcher's home.
The fire at Warren Thatcher's home.

Before going to Brisbane for the surgery, Warren had been in the process of moving his tools from the home to a new location and he had tranferred his insurance to the new location in the weeks before the fire.

Since he got out of hospital and was allowed to return home, Mr Thatcher has spent time looking through the wreckage of the Kent St home, trying to find anything that might be salvageable.

"It still annoys me when I walk down there," he said.

The fire destroyed the home on May 15 and it was only the quick actions of a neighbour who called 000 and emergency services that stopped the flames from spreading further.

OUR SAY: Warren shouldn't have to worry about his business after surgery.

Ray and Leanne Muller were driving back to their home after giving one of their children a lift when Ray saw the flames from more than a block away.

"It was pretty bright when we saw it," he said.

"It was really intense."

Mr Muller said his wife made the call to 000 to alert emergency crews.

Franchette Selby, who lives in a neighbouring house that was singed by the flames, said she was two minutes away from losing her home and everything in it.

But the mum-of-two said she felt lucky no one was home when the fire started, as her home would have been full of smoke.

Mr Thatcher said he suspects the fire was deliberately lit.

He said there was no electricity at the home and he made sure not to keep accelerants on the property, so there was nothing at the home that could have started the fire.

He said if it was deliberately lit, there was no way for the person who did it to know that there wasn't anyone living in the property.

Still recovering from his surgery, Mr Thatcher's thoughts are now occupied by taking the steps necessary to keep his business going and clear up the mess left by the fire.

He said the next step would be an excavator, which would come in and clear what was left of the home.
 


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