Fire investigators are at a Kianga St, Barney Point home after fire gutted the property on Thursday night.
Fire investigators are at a Kianga St, Barney Point home after fire gutted the property on Thursday night. Christopher Chan GLA220313FIRE

Mother shocked by comments after daughter's house burns

Previous Barney Point fires

THE mother of a woman whose home went up in flames on Thursday night has hit back at neighbours who were relieved to be rid of her.

Neighbours claimed they had to put up with loud noise and arguments at the Kianga St house.

"They had no respect for workers. Constant loud noise," one neighbour said. "Happy they're gone."

"No more fights. Police being here every day."

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Mother Cairen Baker said she was shocked to read the negative comments when she looked online on Friday.

"I just find it absolutely deplorable," she said.

"You can imagine how my daughter feels about it. She and her son are standing in the only clothes she owns and that is it."

Ms Baker said the problems the neighbours had weren't all just about her daughter.

"The problems with violence were going on in Kianga St well before she moved there," she said.

Ms Baker said her daughter was devastated.

"She still hasn't been over. Won't even look at a picture," she said. "The neighbours are not the victims here."

Ms Baker said her daughter had been co-operating with police in their investigations into the cause of fire.

"The police have been really wonderful actually," she said. "They couldn't be more supportive and helpful."

One resident on Friday was cleaning her house and rewashing clothes after smoke from the fire went over the house.

"You couldn't see this house," a fellow neighbour said.

Previous Barney Point fires

  • In May 2011, a man died when a fire destroyed a Barney Point home on Callide Cres.
  • A family was left homeless in September 2010 after suspicious blaze on the same street.



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