House fire has devastating consequences for shop owner
SPENCER Murray watched his house burn down while fighting to save his antique shop.
The Little Musgrave St resident was letting his mate, Colin Wright stay at the house when it went up in flames early Easter Sunday.
While Spencer is grateful no lives were lost he said the whole situation was absolutely devastating.
"I own the shop, I own the house…the firies couldn't save the house so they focused on saving the shop," he said.
"We were doing it up (the house) so we could move into here. We just put a new bathroom and kitchen and painted it all, had a new fence, everything."
Spencer said he and his wife were determined to open the shop back up and start trading this Thursday.
"Family has come and helped us clean up but there is still lots of soot," he said.
"There is quite a lot of damage inside but you know we'll try to open ."
The Rocky man said he and his wife could do with a lot of help but they were doing "alright".
"Well we should (accept community help) but we're very proud," he said.
"We're alright, we didn't get hurt, we didn't lose anyone's life, and we can replace material things."
Spencer said the house fire had been ruled out as suspicious and he couldn't thank those who helped enough.
"The fireies, the ambulance and police, I worship the ground they walk on because they were really so professional."
"It's humbling to know we've got such good people around us."