Our fire loss showed us the caring side of people
LINDELL Lutton and Blair Jamieson may have lost a lot after a fire gutted their West Street home, but they have gained insight into Rockhampton's giving spirit.
The fire, which occurred on December 11, destroyed their furniture, valuables and many family possessions.
And when Ms Lutton got the call that her home was ablaze she was beside herself with grief.
"There was nothing we could have done to prevent the fire,'' she said.
"But we have learned just how caring people are.''
Since the fire she said not only friends, but strangers have come forward offering help and compassion.
Having nowhere to stay until their home is rebuilt, friends quickly came forward and found them accommodation.
Many of their personal belongings salvaged from the blaze has also been stored at neighbours.
"Everyone has been great, not only friends but all people we have been dealing with,'' she said.
"We have seen a lot of compassion in people.''
The couple, who are insured, lost around $40,000 worth of possessions. Ms Lutton said it was their personal possessions such as photos and heirlooms that she will miss the most.
"A lot of things we can never replace,'' she said.
"But if it wasn't for the quick action of both the authorities and locals, we could have lost a lot more,'' she said.
They were also both impressed with the sensitive manner the authorities handled the case.
"They really cared,'' she said.
"The fire chief took us to one side to prepare us for what we were about to see.