A blaze destroyed the Fuller family home in September. It also claimed the life of their two-year-old grandson, Brodie.
A blaze destroyed the Fuller family home in September. It also claimed the life of their two-year-old grandson, Brodie. Nev Madsen

Family of seven try to rebuild after tragic house fire

THE hardest thing for Sam Fuller about piecing his family's life back together is that his "little mate" and grandson is not here.

On September 21, two-year-old Brodie Fuller died when a fire destroyed his grandparent's home in North Toowoomba.

"He didn't call me 'pop' or 'grandad' or anything like that," Mr Fuller said.

"He wanted to call me 'Sam', just like everyone else did. He was pretty switched on for a two-year-old."

Brodie Fuller
Brodie Fuller

Mr Fuller, his wife Melissa and their children living with them lost all of their possessions in the devastating fire.

"We are just trying to put our lives back together and I am trying the best I can for my family," he said.

"But the worse thing is our little man isn't here with us.

"I would give everything to get our boy back."

The family has been living in emergency accommodation since the fire last month.

Their stay has been extended for a further two weeks while they continue to search for a property suitable for the family of seven.

"We have looked around but just haven't come across anything," Mrs Fuller said.

She described the support offered by the community since the tragedy as "overwhelming".

"Toowoomba would have to be the most loving, caring community," she said.

"We have appreciated all of the support."

And while the family has gratefully received donations of clothing, food and other necessities, they still need accommodation and white goods.

"That's the main thing at the moment; to find accommodation," Mrs Fuller said.

"I just want to be settled; for the kids."

How to help

Lifeline Darling Downs have been co-ordinating with the Fuller family since the September tragedy.

To find out how to best help the family contact 1300 991 443 or visit their office at 33 Russell St during business hours. 

Melissa and Sam Fuller have compiled a list of people and businesses that have helped or provided support:

  • Luke Kennedy
  • Burstows
  • Derek Tuffield at Lifeline
  • Paul Smith Mechanical
  • Woolworths Clifford Gardens
  • Catholic diocese
  • Price Attack
  • Thai Royal Restaurant
  • Paul Mason, Party Hut
  • Federal Hotel in Dalby
  • Southwest Thunder
  • Suzie and Harriet Killen
  • Darling Downs Football Association
  • Football Queensland
  • Charlton State School
  • Range Church
  • Empower Church
  • Peter and Linda Moore
  • Ann Marie Marks
  • Linda and Frank Coonan
  • Maria Bain
  • Petrina McDonald
  • Deslee Griffiths
  • JJ Richards
  • Neil Mansell Transport
  • IDC Electrical
  • Mick Kennedy
  • Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio

(Mrs and Mr Fuller extends their thanks to everyone who has provided support and apologies if they have overlooked anyone on this list.)



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