Belfast Telegraph

Family homeless after Xmas blaze

A mother and six children have been left homeless after a fire destroyed their west Belfast house on Christmas Day.

Eileen Wilson, 33, and her children were visiting relatives when the blaze wrecked their Moyard Parade home.

Their possessions, including presents and furniture, were damaged beyond repair.

Ms Wilson said: "Everything was ruined. I had got tvs and phones, everything they asked for and it was ruined."

The local community has supported the family of four boys and two girls aged from 15 years to nine months.

"The community has rallied around - £300 was raised on Christmas night and toys were collected for the kids so that they would have something to play with," said Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan.

"The house was very badly damaged. The Fire Service said that, had anybody been upstairs, they would have had great difficulty getting out."

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