FRIENDS and her newly adopted community of Ipswich have come to the aid of single mum Emma Murphy who lost all of her possessions in a house fire at the weekend.

Ms Murphy and her daughter Charlotte, 9, were at a local park when they received a call that their new rental home had been destroyed by fire at 5pm yesterday.

The young mother said she had fallen on hard times and was unemployed and could not afford to rent in Brisbane. She moved to Ipswich for a fresh start in a unit that she could afford about six months ago.

Speaking at the scene a distraught Ms Murphy told of losing her pet cat in the fire.

"We've lost everything, and the cat," she said.

She said she couldn't afford contents insurance and would have to start over again.

"I'm not working at the moment so I don't know what we're going to do."

Three fire crews raced to the scene at 3 Mortimer Lane, Ipswich, when a call came in that a veranda was on fire.

Station officer Randall Appleby said as they drove to the scene multiple 000 calls were received saying the fire was much more established.

He said a resident from a downstairs unit was evacuated by Queensland Ambulance staff.

Neighbouring flatmates James Kraschnefski and Lawrence Lubke also were not home at the time the fire broke out and arrived to find fire crews at the scene and their home engulfed in flames.

"I got a phone call from a friend asking me if it was my house in Mortimer St that was on fire," Mr Lubke said. "I was on my way home at the time and arrived to find all of this."

Fire crews extinguish the fire late Saturday afternoon.
Fire crews extinguish the fire late Saturday afternoon.

 

They had both organised temporary accommodation but were worried about their neighbours Ms Murphy and Charlotte.

Ms Murphy's friend Fiona Clark took them in for the night. She has since set up a funding site for the mother and daughter. To help visit the site or email Ms Clark at designbyfee@iinet.net.au.

The site has already raised more than $2000 and friends have helped organise temporary accommodation. Ms Clark said they were now co-ordinating funds and donations of furniture.

Mayor Paul Pisasale yesterday said he would be talking to Ms Murphy to see how he could assist and would look at providing emergency relief from the Mayor's Community Fund.

"The Mayor's Community Fund is there to help people. It's all the money I raised to help our community and we'll be there to help," Cr Pisasale said.

"The difference with Ipswich is that we are a caring city and we're there to help."

 

REBUILDING: Repair work has already started on a property that caught fire in Mortimer Lane. INSET: Emma Murphy and her daughter Charlotte.
REBUILDING: Repair work has already started on a property that caught fire in Mortimer Lane. INSET: Emma Murphy and her daughter Charlotte. PHOTOS: David Nielsen/Peter Chapman

 



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