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Fire victims touched by support

SARAH ROBERTS
Last updated 05:00 02/04/2014
Niko-Sefilino family
Sarah Roberts

FAMILY MOMENT: Parents Nicco Niko and Nella Sefilino are grateful they still have each other and their children Kiendra-Lee, 6, Kiendrix, 4, Karson, 2, and Karleigh, 7 months.

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A family who lost everything in a devastating fire have been overwhelmed by the generosity of South Aucklanders.

Nicco Niko says he and his family have been inundated with gifts and money to help them start afresh since their story ran in the Papakura Courier last week.

Their state house burnt down about 11.30am on March 2. The fire started when their 4-year-old son Kiendrix was playing with a lighter in the wardrobe.

The Manurewa residents lost everything and had no insurance.

"We've been getting all sorts of items, lots of clothing and even a dryer. It's really helped us out," Nicco says.

He, his partner Nella Sefilino, and their four young children, are grateful to everyone who has offered support.

St Mary's Catholic School in Papakura, where their eldest daughter Kiendra-Lee, 6, is a pupil, banded together to help the family.

"They have been really supportive," Nicco says.

He is now stressing to other people the importance of having insurance.

"If you can afford it, get it," he says.

The family has moved into an emergency Housing New Zealand house.

A money tree has been set up for the family. Donations can be made to: N Niko, bank account 12 3010 0151375 00.

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- Papakura Courier

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