Beauty from ashes
2 November 10
On Friday night, David’s parents’ house in Grafton was destroyed by fire. No one was hurt in the blaze, and we can see the beauty rising from these ashes as the adversity brings family members together.
We drove back down south this weekend to offer our help and so the girls could see Rosie. The Fishers had organised for local help, and we couldn’t do much because we were bound to first wait for the insurance company’s bureaucratic process to be satisfied.
From the front of the property, the house looks intact. The front living room and garage have not been touched by the flames, and the façade is higher than the back of the house. After the roof’s peak, the roof is collapsed, many rooms are destroyed and even the concrete-block walls have cracked from the extreme heat.
The house is usually only occupied by David’s father, and Woodoo was still down on the Central Coast, staying with his sister. He travelled away from home this week for the funeral of his mother who died on October 21.
After completing their investigation, the police forensics team reported that the fire started in the kitchen behind the stove. It was caused by an electrical fault, likely the result of poor wiring.
Many of the family’s photo albums were stored behind the concrete bar in the living room, and so they survived. Although many other precious belongings were destroyed, the Fishers remain prosaic about their loss.
The girls enjoyed spending time with Woodoo and Namma again. They wandered around the garden, picking flowers with Namma, providing a welcome distraction from her dealings with the insurance agency!