Community rallies around family left homeless after devastating house fire kills two

Firefighters at the fatal house fire in Capel St Mary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Firefighters at the fatal house fire in Capel St Mary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A community left in shock at the tragic death of two people in a house fire is rallying around the family left homeless by the incident, gathering clothes and raising thousands.

Firefighters at the fatal house fire in Capel St Mary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Firefighters at the fatal house fire in Capel St Mary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Less than 24 hours after the devastating blaze a fundraising page has raised more than £7,000 and community hubs have opened their doors, accepting donations of clothes and food for the family.

The page was set up in the wake of the fire, which started during the morning of Wednesday October 2.

Residents who woke up to billowing smoke and cries for help called the fire service who rushed to the scene.

After battling the fire for several hours, it was announced that two people died in the blaze, which completely gutted the property, leaving other family members homeless.

Firefighters at the fatal house fire in Capel St Mary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Firefighters at the fatal house fire in Capel St Mary Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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An online campaign was started almost immediately and after picking up traction in the local community has now raised thousands to help support the family.

District councillor for Capel St Mary, Sue Carpendale said: "The response from the community has been phenomenal.

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"It's a bitter sweet moment to see how amazing the residents are being but that it has been brought on by such a profoundly tragic event. It's not just the money on the fundraising page its the donations of clothing and volunteers opening up places to collect clothing and bed linen.

"It's also not just people from Capel St Mary who are donating, it's people from East Bergholt and Hadleigh and other parts of Suffolk and the world."

-Donate to the Go Fund Me page here

Local businesses are also getting involved in helping the family.

Tractor sales company Hanbury Riverside, who are based in London Road, Capel St Mary, donated £500 to the cause as well as space to store donations made by villagers.

Sales manager Lee Smith said: "I found it quite overwhelming when I saw all the village coming together. Everyone has been so good to us, so we wanted to help in any way possible."

A cordon is still in place at the scene and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

During the incident a total of 11 fire crews attended the scene from both Essex and Suffolk.

They tackled the fire for several hours using ladder platforms and breathing apparatus.

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