Community pulls together to support fire victims


Residents and businesses are appealing for help to rebuild the lives of three families who fell victims to a terrifying fire yesterday (Friday).

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to Coldharbour Road in Upper Dicker at lunchtime. Six fire engines attended the scene along with the aerial ladder platform and water bowser. Three domestic properties are affected by the fire.

A GoFundMe page has been launched to raise money to buy clothes and supplies for the adults and children who have lost most of the contents of their home in the blaze. As from this morning, more than £2,000 has been raised for one of the families.

An appeal has also been published on Hailsham News and Talk. The post by Anna Wheatley read; “I am on the scrounge for boys clothing age 5-6 and 6-7 boys toys, underwear pyjamas etc. Also, anything for a ten year old girl for a family who have had a house fire and lost everything. The mums at the school are trying to gather what we can to help them, I’m happy to come and collect anything you may have to donate.”

The Plough pub, located near to the properties said; “Three homes have been destroyed and by fire in the village right by the Plough. We would like to help the families, so from today we will be collecting donations for the local families. We may not be able to replace their home but we can help rebuild their lives! All donations big or small are much appreciated.”

You can see the page and donate here, and the appeal launched by The Plough is here.

Photo: Dan Jessup.

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