Gifts pour in for fire victims

17:00, Aug 06 2014

Clothes, furniture and toys are being offered to the two families who lost everything in a Hastings fire this week.

Heni Purcell and her partner got their five children out just before flames engulfed their rented Riverslea Rd South home early on Tuesday morning.

However two of the occupants, including her 2-month-old daughter, were taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital suffering smoke inhalation.

Michelle Kainga, grandmother to four of the children, felt sick when she heard what her family had gone through.

Her grandchildren had called her up saying, "Nan, it's all gone".

Her daughter told her she did not want anything because "she had her babies". Regardless, the family had been inundated with donations.

Strangers had left children's clothes at the house, while offers of bedding, furniture and toys were posted on various Facebook pages. Kainga said her daughter had been overwhelmed by people's generosity.

The support also extended to Cheyenne Abraham and her family, who shared the house but were away that night. Investigators were looking into the fire's cause.


The Dominion Post