Family loses everything in fire

A YOUNG Childers family devastated by a caravan fire has vowed to rebuild their lives, after being overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.

Nathan Waters, his partner, Kristy Bagnall, and their five children were left with only the clothes on their back when all their possessions were incinerated in the blaze on Friday.

“We've still got each other, we're a family and that's all that matters,” Mr Waters said.

Temporarily staying at the Childers Motel, Mr Waters said he could not believe how quickly residents and government bodies had responded to their plight.

“It's impossible to say how grateful we are, but we'll never forget it, that's for sure,” Mr Waters said

Childers Neighbourhood Centre manager Kirsten Harrison said donations of clothing, electrical items and toys had been slowly trickling through, while Bundaberg Regional Housing would supply the family with furniture when they moved into a rented house early next week.

The couple and their children Toni, Leikita, Jesse, Jeff and Brock - ranging in age from 14 to 1 - had moved to Childers about two years ago in search of a better life.

“I started my job as an apprentice mechanic at Wechsels about a month ago and everything was really starting to look up,” Mr Waters said.

“Then (the fire) happened. But we've still got each other and we'll bounce back - we owe that to all the good people who have got behind us.”

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