Paddington house fire victims: Over $39k raised

MORE than $39,000 has been raised for the tenants of a Brisbane house that was destroyed by fire over the weekend.

Two homes at Paddington in Brisbane's west went up in flames early on Sunday morning.

The residents managed to escape the buildings and the fire was eventually brought under control, but not before significant damage was done.

One of the homes had just been renovated, according to television reports.

Joshua Zaini started a GoFundMe page on behalf of some of his friends who lived in one of the houses.

Mr Zaini kicked off the donations with $10,000 of his own.

"Our closest friends who were renting the home in Paddington, QLD were inside asleep as it caught fire,'' he wrote on the page.

"Miraculously they all managed to escape, some with  injuries. If it weren't for the fire alarms, barking dogs and some quick thinking this could have been a far more tragic story.

"Although they escaped with their lives, some of the residents lost everything. They are not the sort of people to ask for help, so I am asking on their behalf.

"If you can spare a few dollars to help good people get back on their feet after an unexpected and difficult event, it will go a long way.

"Our friends were renting the home so we do not know if the building was insured, but the contents of the house were not.

"All funds raised will go directly to the victims of the house fire."

A comment on the page from Mel Hammond, who identified herself as one of the residents' sister, thanked all those who had donated.

"I would like to thank Josh who kicked off this with his generous donation.

"I'm so overwhelmed with the generosity of people. I'd like to thank everyone for their support and donations. Thank goodness everyone got out alive."



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