John and Mary Braun back in their rebuilt Fraser Shores home after it was gutted by fire in January.
John and Mary Braun back in their rebuilt Fraser Shores home after it was gutted by fire in January. Alistair Brightman

Home sweet home for couple who lost everything in a fire

A RETIRED couple who lost their home in a fire has been able to move back in again after the community rallied to help them.

John and Mary Braun's home in Fraser Shores Retirement Village burned down in January after an electrical fault.

They lost all of their clothing and most of their possessions.

One of the only possessions to survive the blaze was Mary's favourite painting - an artwork of an owl painted by John about six years ago.

Four months later, and thanks to the help of friends, family and the staff from the retirement village, and John and Mary's home has been completely rebuilt.

John said there would definitely be a space to hang the owl painting

"Our stress level was greatly reduced as we did not have to deal with the demolition and rebuild of our house," he said.

John thanked village administrator David Torrisi and project manager Ros Maloney for their tireless efforts in the rebuild, which was completed down to the smallest detail.

The gardens were even landscaped again to complement the home.

John and Mary also thanked their friend Tony Topp for letting them stay with him for four months.

"This event, and the consequent offer of support from family, friends and strangers, has just strengthened our view that living at Fraser Shores Retirement Village was the right decision we made in 2002," John said.

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John Braun in the burnt out remains of his home at Fraser Shores Retirement Village holding a painting he did six years ago of an owl that is his wife Mary's favourite.
John Braun in the burnt out remains of his home at Fraser Shores Retirement Village holding a painting he did six years ago of an owl that is his wife Mary's favourite. Alistair Brightman


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