Community donating essentials to trio hit by fire
AS DAVID Mansfield turned the corner and followed the smoke towards his street, all he could think was, "I hope that's not my house."
The 24-year-old was coming home from his lunchbreak on Friday when he saw his Elizabeth St home up in flames, with his friend Jordan Tomlinson inside.
"I know Jordan normally sleeps in... I thought he hadn't woken up and as I pulled in I ran towards the backstairs," David said.
"Then I saw him come back down the stairs, it was a close call."
David said everything in the house was brand new, after he had saved to refurbish all the contents.
"I worked hard all my life and I have lost everything... I wasn't insured," he said.
"It's all gone."
But the community has rallied behind David, Jordan and third tenant Kirsten Tomlinson.
David's youngest sister Taraa posted on Facebook group Rockhampton Classifieds asking for assistance, and soon the heartbroken trio was inundated with donations.
In the space of 24 hours they had seen at least 20 people give them clothes, kitchen appliances, bedding, food and toiletries.
They will soon be moving into a new rental property, with the landlords giving them a few weeks' rent free until they can get back on their feet.
The group had even recovered their cat, and a fifty-dollar note from the ashes of their house.
But among the positives, they still remain haunted by what had happened.
"It was pretty hard to sleep last night, I kept having bad thoughts," Kirsten said.
"But we are so thankful for what everyone has given."