Family left homeless and only with the clothes on their back after a ferocious house fire tore their generations-old property apart – and they’re not insured for a heartbreaking reason
- Fire demolished the family home in the Perth suburb Bull Creek on November 7
- Nine people – including five children – managed to escape the house unscathed
- The demolition bill alone is tipped to be $15,000, with a fundraising page set up
A family ‘still can’t believe’ they are homeless after a ferocious fire destroyed their property in Perth.
And in a bitter blow, the house in Bullcreek, 20 minutes from Perth’s CBD, was uninsured on November 7.
The owner, 80-year-old Alan Judge, recently fell behind on his regular cover payments because he suffers from dementia.
He was adamant the house was insured.
Despite now facing a demolition bill of $15,000, Mr Judge’s daughter Kristy Judge was relieved everyone managed to escape unscathed.
Kristy Judge (pictured left) managed to get her five kids to safety before the family house burnt down in Perth
The Judge family (pictured above) had gathered just days earlier to celebrate two birthdays
What remained of one of the bedrooms after a fire ripped through a family home in Perth on November 7
The remains of the kitchen (pictured above) after the brutal house fire in the Perth suburb Bull Creek
‘Everybody got out of the house safely, that was the most important thing. We only lost things, not people,’ Ms Judge told Daily Mail Australia.
‘It was such a close call, we had eight people in the house at the time, it is scary to think about. ‘We just have to move on.’
Ms Judge, a mother of five, recalled how she was woken up by the sounds of cracking on the roof early on November 7.
‘Initially I thought it was rain, but I had a look in the backyard and it was glowing orange,’ she said.
‘I screamed “fire, fire” and got everyone out of the house within a couple of minutes.
‘One of the neighbours rushed over and helped with the kids, he was great, I can’t thank him enough.’
Within minutes, decades of happy memories for the Judge family literally went up in smoke.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Ms Judge added that her father was in a ‘state of disbelief.’
‘My brother really had to push to get him out of the house, he didn’t want to move,’ she said. ‘He built the house, so to see it burning to the ground would have been tough.’
In some welcome news, Ms Judge has recently secured temporary housing nearby, thanks to her sister Alina.
‘We just have to start again, we have no choice,’ Kristy said.
‘Even the clothes that were in a cupboard, the soot is very tough to get off some items.’
A fundraising page has since been established to help the family get back on their feet. The end goal is $50,000.
The house (pictured) literally went up in smoke in a matter of minutes, leaving a family with next to nothing
The house (pictured) was uninsured after the 80-year-old owner Alan Judge fell behind on his payments. He suffers from dementia