Gordonvale family moves into new home after being devastated by fire
Smiling again: Kylene Tyson and her family have a new home after a fire disaster. Picture: ANNA ROGERS.
KYLENE Tyson and her young family moved into their new home yesterday as donations continue to pour in following a fire which destroyed their home.She and her five children were left with nothing but the clothes they were wearing after fleeing the fire that burnt their Gordonvale house on Tuesday night.
But the community has rallied around the family, spearheaded by Mulgrave MP Curtis Pitt, and Kylene's mother Kathleen Brown said it had been heartwarming to watch as they were flooded with offers of support.
"It just makes you realise people are out there and they care," she said.
"You see these types of things on TV and you just don't think it will happen to you -- with cyclones and bushfires and even just watching everything from (Hurricane) Sandy in America.
"I'm just so thankful for everything and the support from the community."
Ms Tyson spent yesterday moving into the new property and a spokesperson from Mr Pitt's office said staff members had begun transporting donated goods to the Edmonton home.
A local radio station yesterday asked listeners to call in and donate goods, while Cairns District Rugby League club Southern Suburbs will hold another fundraiser tomorrow between 9am-1pm where people can drop items in.
A spokesperson from Mr Pitt's office said they were still in need of a washing machine, but the office had been overwhelmed by contributions.
Their story has attracted interest from around the country with the family set to appear on national TV this morning, while 12-year-old Zulemahni will also be interviewed for national magazine Take 5.