Family contemplates life after wildfire

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 14/01/2013
he Throsby family, from left,  Maria, 18, Amy, 20, and their mother,  Bev, are housesitting in Avonhead after losing their home to fire.
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FIRE REFUGEES: The Throsby family, from left, Maria, 18, Amy, 20, and their mother, Bev, are housesitting in Avonhead after losing their home to fire.

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Four days after a ferocious fire tore through their Christchurch home, the adrenaline has finally worn off for the Throsby family.

Settling into the Avonhead home they will housesit for the next two weeks yesterday, they could only look towards an uncertain future.

"The adrenaline has worn off and we feel tired and we don't really know what to do," Amy Throsby said.

The rented home of Bev Throsby and her daughters, Amy, 20, and Maria, 18, was consumed by the wildfire that tore through 150 hectares on Prebbleton's outskirts on Thursday.

Charred furniture and clothing were all that remained from their Selwyn St character cottage, which did not have contents insurance after the family moved in shortly before the September 2010 earthquake.

Amy, home alone, was forced to abandon the house as the fire, fuelled by hot northwest winds, quickly got out of control.

Bev Throsby does not have a job to go back to because the chicken farm where she worked was also devastated by the fire, which killed 18,000 laying hens.

Amy Throsby said the family had secured a home in Avonhead for a few weeks, belonging to a friend's parents who were on holiday. "We are housesitting for the next two weeks and we will work out what we will do next.

"We will just take it day to day. We have come to terms with [what has happened] but it will still be hard."

She has another week off before going back to work at Coupland's Hornby factory.

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