STRANGERS have come together to help support a Gold Coast family of four who lost everything, including their two beloved pet cats, in a devastating house fire on Saturday.
The Radnedge family of Upper Coomera was not home at the time their Norman Court property went up in flames shortly after 4pm.
Holly Radnedge, pictured above with husband Peter and her two children Gemma and Sophie, returned a short time later to find her street bustling with emergency services and thick smoke billowing from her home.
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Neighbours recalled the heartbreaking moment Mrs Radnedge collapsed in tears upon learning the further devastating news that her two pet cats had perished in the blaze.
“I left after the poor lady was screaming,” one neighbour said. “She found her poor cats. It was devastating. I feel for them”.
Mrs Radnedge slipped into shock and had to be treated by Ambulance Paramedics at the scene.
Fortunately, no one was injured as a result of the fire which caused extensive damage to the family’s home.
After reading the heartbreaking story as it broke on myGC.com.au, dozens of Gold Coasters have rallied together to help get the family back on their feet.
Close family friend Rene’ Campbell set up a Go Fund Me account online where kind-hearted strangers have already donated more than $1,500.
“How difficult this must be for your family, I hope all get on board to help you get back on your feet again,” Kyour Paine wrote, after donating $50.
A message left by Kim and Craig read; “So sorry to hear of your loss to your property and your much loved fur babies. Words cannot describe.” They donated $100.
Mr Radnedge said his family have been overwhelmed by the amount of support they have received from the local community.
“Thank you all so much for your love and kind words. My wife (Holly) is devastated by this, but we will get through it,” he wrote on Facebook.
Community group Gold Coast Ray of Hope has also pitched in, organising an urgent donation drive which has already amassed hundreds of items, including clothing, bedding and furniture.
Contact the group on Facebook for further information, including a checklist of items needed and details on collection points.