Heartbreak as family's 'forever home' goes up in flames
IT was to be their "forever home".
But an Coast family has lost everything in a fire that they can't yet explain.
Owner Dave Rivers said he, his wife Courtney and their two young sons moved from Brisbane to the secluded Eerwah Vale block in January.
His emotions were understandably raw on Monday as he detailed the effects of Sunday's fire.
Mr Rivers said he had been working clearing scrub at the back of the block on Sunday morning when he heard his wife scream out to him.
She had just returned from town with the boys to see smoke coming from the house.
They called 000 as the flames took hold.
Mr Rivers said emergency services did a wonderful job but they were unable to save the home.
"There have been a few tears," Mr Rivers said.
"I had to hug a police officer when I was crying.
"The wife and kids were in tears."
Inside were all his of family's mementos as well as important documents.
They included family heirlooms passed down through generations.
None of it was salvageable.
"The whole lot is gone," Mr Rivers said.
Mr Rivers, a carpenter, said the home was to be renovated in the coming months.
A draftsman had been in and drawn up plans to improve natural light and the internal flow of the four-bedroom home.
A new kitchen Mrs Rivers had selected was due to arrive on Thursday.
An insurance assessor and a police fire investigator were at the home on Monday morning.
Mr Rivers said the Cooroy kindergarten where one of his boys went had helped out with clothes.
Neighbours have also been in touch to offer assistance and family members travelled up from Brisbane for support.
Mr Rivers and his family will stay in hotel accommodation until they can get something more permanent organised.
He said despite the tragedy, he was determined to rebuild on the block.
His family has loved living on the Coast.
"I was born and raised on a farm so this is what I wanted."
The cause of the fire is still being determined.