Ballyphehane house fire leaves mother and daughter with nothing

Ballyphehane house fire leaves mother and daughter with nothing
A picture from the scene of Gemma Healy's house which went up in flames on Tuesday.

A mother and daughter have lost everything after their home went up in flames following a freak accident where a deodorant bottle fell on a candle.

Ballyphehane native, Gemma Healy was at work on Tuesday when a deodorant bottle fell on a candle and exploded into her daughter Katie's face, resulting in burns on her face, arms and legs.

Gemma Healy with her daughter Katie.
Gemma Healy with her daughter Katie.

Gemma said: “The carpet went up in flames in seconds and the bedroom door.” 

The mother said her daughter was on fire and ran out of the house.

“A neighbour put my daughter under the shower. Thankfully the burns will heal.” 

While her daughter will be alright with time, Gemma said that her home is ruined.

“The whole house is destroyed and we have nothing left. We have to start from scratch again.” 

The inside of Gemma Healy's home after a freak accident caused it to catch fire on Tuesday, 12 November.
The inside of Gemma Healy's home after a freak accident caused it to catch fire on Tuesday, 12 November.

A Gofundme page has been set up today to raise funds for the family in order to see them repair their home if possible.

Writing on the Gofundme page, Gemma said: “If anyone can help in any way we’d truly appreciate it.” 

The inside of Gemma Healy's home after a freak accident caused it to catch fire on Tuesday, 12 November.
The inside of Gemma Healy's home after a freak accident caused it to catch fire on Tuesday, 12 November.

Gemma also lost her father to pneumonia three years ago and helps to care for her mother who suffered a Brain Aneurysm around the same time.

Within six hours of setting up the page, over €2,000 has been raised from over 70 donors.

To contribute, log onto Gofundme and search ‘starting again after house fire or follow this link: here

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