People rally to help Kettering family after fire

Fire Damage: Kettering: House fire in Bonham Court fire leaves family with no insurance with no possessions  l-r Claire Gurney (mum) with son Daniel Alcock, 14, in their smoke damaged living room where the fire started.  Monday 22nd September 2014 NNL-140922-201353009

Fire Damage: Kettering: House fire in Bonham Court fire leaves family with no insurance with no possessions l-r Claire Gurney (mum) with son Daniel Alcock, 14, in their smoke damaged living room where the fire started. Monday 22nd September 2014 NNL-140922-201353009

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A family forced to move out of their home after a devastating fire say they are grateful for the help they have been given since the blaze.

Mum Claire Gurney, 32, and her children Kayley, 16, Daniel, 14, and Freya, five, are living in emergency accommodation in Essex Place after the fire in Bonham Court last Wednesday afternoon.

Claire Gurney with son Daniel Alcock, 14, in their smoke damaged living room where the fire started

Claire Gurney with son Daniel Alcock, 14, in their smoke damaged living room where the fire started

Since the incident, the family have been given donations of food and clothes and a family fun day is being held in Kettering on Sunday to raise more money.

Claire said she was returning home from the shop when she noticed smoke billowing from the home.

She said: “I did not want to open the front doors or anything like that because I knew it could cause an explosion.

“I called the fire brigade straight away and they put it out.

“At first I was worried that Kayley might be in the house but she had gone to college.

“The firefighters are not sure exactly what caused the fire but it completely gutted the living room and one of the bedrooms and the whole of the rest of the house has been really badly damaged by smoke.”

Since the fire Claire said she has been overwhelmed with the support she and the family have received.

She added: “It’s been really emotional.

“People have donated clothes and furniture and we have two collection points at Kettering Buccleuch Academy and St Mary’s Primary School. Both the schools have been really good to us.

“We have already managed to get the kids some beds and people have also given us money.”

Claire, who said she had no home insurance, has set up a page where people can make donations to help her replace the items which were destroyed. Already £130 has been contributed.

The family is also being supported by the Copperfields Foundation, a Kettering-based group which aims to help people in times of hardship and distress,

The group was formed after a very similar incident in August when a family was forced from their home in Copperfield Close, Kettering, after it was badly damaged by fire.

Chaz Lewis, from the group, said: “I got in touch with Claire after reading about the fire on Facebook.

“I knew that they would need all the help they could get after being in this sort of situation.”

The family fun day takes place this Sunday (September 28) at the Harlequin pub, in Stamford Road, between midday and 8pm. The event will include a bouncy castle, face painting, stalls, music, a tombola, raffle and more. Entry is free for the whole family.