Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Couple Lose All in House Blaze

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Couple Lose All in House Blaze

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Byline: TORI MAINEY

IT was a tragic end to the Mother's Day weekend for Andrew and Kathleen Mapes who returned to Junabee only to find a heap of smouldering rubble where their family home once stood.

The couple watched yesterday morning as fire-fighters worked through what was left of their property, unrecognisable from the blanket of thick black ash.

As she fought back tears, Mrs Mapes said the couple and their children had gone to visit her mother and father in Woodenbong and were on their way home when they heard the news.

"We weren't home. We got a call from my mother-in-law to tell us," Mrs Mapes said.

With all of their prized possessions and memories now destroyed, the Mapes family have many unanswered questions remaining.

"We have no idea what started it," Mr Mapes said.

So soon after the blaze, the couple could only express they were in complete shock after losing their home.

Warwick station officer Dennis Burton said a Warwick crew arrived shortly after the Killarney auxiliary crew. …

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