A family have been forced to move out after a devastating fire ripped through their Stoke-on-Trent home.
The blaze, in Standersfoot Place, Chell Heath, has left Kevin Cookson, his partner Claire Harris and their three children and their two dogs without a permanent home.
They were all taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital following the blaze on Monday evening and were discharged to their temporary accommodation yesterday.
But the family – including 13-year-old Mikey who has Down’s Syndrome, Myles, aged eight, and Elijah, aged one – have been left with just the clothes on their back.
Now an online appeal has been set up to help support the family by Kevin’s sister Dianne Bennett.
The 54-year-old, from Tunstall, said: “They have lost everything in this fire.
“They are staying in temporary accommodation at the moment in Norton because they can’t go back to the house. It’s all boarded up.
“Everything in there has been lost. They have been left with the clothes on their backs. They’ve got absolutely nothing.
“I couldn’t believe what had happened when I found out. They were all taken to hospital and thankfully they are all ok.
“They have lived at that house for a long time and they have lost all of their sentimental belongings. Things that are irreplaceable, it’s heartbreaking.
“They’re all in shock at the moment. I’ve spoken to Claire over the phone, but she’s not good, she couldn’t stop crying because everything they had is gone.
“The main thing though is that they were all ok.”
Dianne set up the Go Fund Me page yesterday and it has already raised £235.
She has also received donations of clothes and toys for the children.
She said: “I set up the Go Fund Me page because I know that they have lost everything.
“Kevin doesn’t work and Claire doesn’t work, they look after their children, so there’s no way they can replace everything themselves.
“They are going to need a new washer, cooker, a sofa and even school things for the boys. They will have to start from scratch and that will cost them so much money, so that’s why I have set the fund-raiser up.
“People have been coming forward with clothes and my son has been round to them with some clothes for the baby.
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“The Go Fund Me page has raised around £200 at the moment and I know with coronavirus everybody is struggling, but I want to raise as much as I can for the three boys.
“It’s very heartwarming to see the donations people have made and those who have come forward with clothes. When people get together like that it’s brilliant.
“I’m going to take three boxes of toys round for the kids and they will be so happy to have some toys because they have nothing at the moment.”
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