AN appeal has gone out to help a Limerick family who “lost everything” in a devastating fire on Christmas Eve to refurnish their home.
Ger Roche, Edward Street, said that when his son told him about the fire at around 6pm on December 24, he supposed someone “had left the ham in the oven and there would be a bit of smoke damage”.
“It was only when I came around the corner and saw three fire brigades, gardai and everybody outside the door that it hit me,” said Ger.
Suzanne Roche said the family had lost all their furniture and household appliances to the flames, as well as every Christmas present and other items of huge sentimental value including family photos.
The fire is suspected to have been caused by an electrical fault in the back bedroom where the couple’s four children were all due to sleep that night, a family tradition since they were babies.
“If it had happened at three or four in the morning, they might all be gone,” said Suzanne.
She said the family had made the tough decision not to renew their house insurance only two months ago.
“I always had insurance but with the cost of living and the way things are, there were other things that had to come first to me. The new baby (Suzanne’s grandchild) was coming along; Christmas was coming up and Darren’s debs. I had everything ready for the debs for him in January but the suit and everything is gone now.”
Suzanne, who founded the Indira charity in 2012, had spent the days before Christmas distributing hampers to the needy in Limerick. Indira runs a homework club from its base at 72 O’Connell Street and offers schoolbooks, uniforms and communion and confirmation outfits for a nominal price.
“I do things like this for people who find themselves in a situation where they don’t have anything but I never thought I would be here myself,” said a distraught Suzanne this Monday.
When the Limerick Leader visited the bungalow off Edward Street this week, family, friends and neighbours were rallying around to help clear out and repair what remains of the family home, help for which Ger said they were very grateful.
Friends Deirdre Organ and Rose Moloney are organising an appeal to help the family refurnish their home. Rose and Deirdre can be contacted at 086 3317190