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Community raises more than £7,000 in 48 hours to support Hadleigh family whose home was ravaged by fire



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A community has rallied around a family whose home was gutted by a devastating blaze at the weekend, crowd-funding thousands of pounds to help them rebuild their lives.

Flames engulfed a semi-detached property on Churchill Avenue in Hadleigh, after the fire broke out on Sunday evening, ripping through the roof and windows and leaving the top floor as a charred husk.

Emergency services were called out to the scene at around 7.30pm, with fire crews deployed from the Hadleigh, Nayland, Haverhill, Ipswich East and Princes Street stations in order to tackle the blaze.

The scene of the fire in Hadleigh
The scene of the fire in Hadleigh

The road was temporarily closed while firefighters deployed hose reels, jets, breathing equipment, ladders and thermal image cameras at the scene.

After the blaze was eventually extinguished later that evening, crews remained on the scene until the following morning to check for hotspots.

Nobody was injured as a result of the incident, and Suffolk Police have confirmed they are investigating the cause.

With the home’s residents displaced due to the damage and many of their personal possessions destroyed, an online fundraising appeal was launched by family friend Emma Jay on Monday.

In just 48 hours, the appeal, which can be viewed here, stood at more than £7,200 in donations from over 200 individuals and businesses.

Emma said: “Thankfully, nobody was hurt, but this has still left some devastating effects to their lives.

“They have lost most, if not all, of their personal belongings, children’s clothes, toys and items that are most precious to them, which they will never be able to get back.

“This is absolutely heartbreaking, which is why I wanted to take this time to try and raise as much money as possible to try, help take some of the pressures away, and start to help rebuild their lives.”