Working together to bring Tiverton family home after fire in Council property

Posted on: 11 August 2017

Success for family, community and Council as the Wraight family move back in only days after house fire.

Following a house fire in a Council property on Arnold Crescent in Tiverton on 13 July, which caused extensive damage to the home, mum Heidi Wraight expressed her fears to Council officers that it would be months before she could begin to rebuild her family’s life.

The fire caused 100% smoke damage to 14 year old Tilly’s bedroom and 50% smoke damage to the rest of the family home, with additional water damage from the firefighting equipment.

Alongside a heart-warming response from the community, Mid Devon District Council’s repairs team were able to arrange for a survey and full environmental clean, together with a temporary electric supply, to allow the family access to begin redecoration.  By the end of the following week all trades had been put in place to make the majority of the home habitable, enabling the family to move back into their home on the 31 July; only 11 working days after the fire.

Councillor Ray Stanley, Cabinet Member for Housing, wished to acknowledge the competent response by the Council’s repairs team in assisting to resolve what must have been a very stressful event, stating also “thank you to all who assisted the Wraight family and I wish them a speedy return to normal family life.”

MDDC are pleased to have been able to contribute to enabling this family to move back into their home so quickly, with the repairs operatives working tirelessly to fit this unexpected work into a busy repair schedule. The family’s actions were also a key factor in reducing the impact of this fire; from Tilly alerting her parents, Mark throwing the laptop out of the window and sealing the room, to Heidi alerting the Fire Service immediately.  Had any of these actions not been taken, the effects of this fire could have been much more serious. The family have also worked tirelessly to prepare the rest of the house to move back into.

Andrew Pritchard, Director of Operations, said “Clearly the most important aspect is that no one was injured; the quick reactions of the family helped to protect themselves and minimise damage to the property and it was a real team effort to make sure their home was repaired as quickly as possible.”  The Wraight family, the local community and the Council were all able to work together to enable this family to rebuild not only their home, but their lives.

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