Polish family left homeless after Coleraine house fire thank public for support and donations
'You really have good hearts'
A Polish family, left homeless following a fire at their house in Coleraine, have thanked the public for their support and donations.
Police received a report at around 4am on Sunday morning that an oil tank at a house on the Ballycastle Road was on fire.
It then spread to the house causing substantial damage requiring the occupants and neighbours to be evacuated.
The family of three - including a small child and a pregnant mother who is due to give birth next month - were taken to hospital following the fire for treatment for smoke inhalation.
A family friend has set up a fundraising page for the family who have lost many of their belongings including clothes and passports.
Martyna and Marcin Obuchowicz told the Causeway Coast Community how much they appreciated the support.
"We are really thankful for all help we have received from the local community.
"We have received numerous bags of clothes and now need to check all sizes etc. All clothes that will not be used will be donated to Community Rescue Service Shop in Coleraine.
"We don’t have a house at the minute to keep all the stuff we have been offered so we will be in touch with the people ASAP.
"Thank you so much for all the help we have got from the local people. You really have good hearts, Really appreciate it .”
Fire fire appliances were sent to the scene and the Ballycastle Road was closed for some time while emergency services dealt with the incident but has since re-opened.
District Commander John Bacon said the family were "incredibly fortunate" and that several surrounding homes were also affected.
He said: "The house has been substantially damaged by fire and it's certainly uninhabitable.
"They are extremely fortunate that their neighbours noticed the fire at the time of night.
"They noticed the fire and raised the alarm. Most of the affected houses had been evacuated. "
Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: “The cause of the fire has yet to be established, however, I would appeal to anyone who was in the Ballycastle Road area at around 4am this morning and who may have information which could assist with police enquiries, to contact officers in Coleraine on 101.”