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Community supports Banff family after fire destroys home

By Kyle Ritchie

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The Banffshire community has rallied round to help a family whose house was ravaged by fire.

The blaze destroyed the home at Banff's Seafield Crescent on Tuesday morning.

Nobody was injured in the incident but extensive damage was caused to the interior and exterior of the property.

Firefighters from across the area tackled the blaze at the house in Banff.
Firefighters from across the area tackled the blaze at the house in Banff.

To assist the family an online fundraising page was launched with a target of raising £7,000, but it has already collected more than £8,300.

A police and fire investigation was launched and is at an early stage but Police Scotland said it believed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.

In the online appeal a family member, Karolina Struzik, said: "This page has been set up to help my family affected by a tragic fire which caused severe damage to both the exterior and the inside of their house on Tuesday, June 9.

"The family has lived in Scotland for 16 years. They have three daughters – aged nine, 15 and one who is only six months old.

"The husband is the sole breadwinner in the family and has currently been furloughed with very little income.

"Unfortunately, they have no savings and are unable to afford to rebuild the family home. They have invested all of their lives’ earnings into this house.

"They have found themselves in a tragic situation which no one ever thinks they would have to deal with – especially at this time given the current crisis. They have lost their home in the midst of a global pandemic.

"We would appreciate any donation – no matter how small. Every pound can help this family rebuild their life."

People have also indicated they could help the family with any work that needs to be carried out.

Anyone who would like to help the family can make a donation at the Just Giving page here.

Firefighters from Banff, Macduff, Portsoy and Aberchirder were called to the incident at Seafield Crescent.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said they received the call at 11.23am.

The firefighters used six breathing apparatus, one jet and two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze, which was under control by 12.42pm.

Police were also in attendance at the scene.

A police spokeswoman said: "Inquiries into the cause of the fire remain at an early stage and a joint fire investigation has been carried out by police, along with partners from fire and rescue.

"At this stage there appear to be no suspicious circumstances."

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