THE NEIGHBOUR of a family whose home was destroyed by a fire has thanked the community for its support following the incident. 

The Leader reported on Monday morning that a property in Oakenholt, near Flint, was left gutted by the blaze on Sunday afternoon. 

The property is home to a family with two young children - thankfully all of whom were unharmed as they were out at the time of the fire. 

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the cause was "accidental".

The Leader:

Kaitlin Parsonage, who lives next door to the affected house, has been collecting items for the family which have kindly been donated by members of the local community. A GoFundMe page has also raised £2,000. 

She said: "Within 15 minutes of the fire starting the whole house was covered in flames. It was terrifying.

"We've all only been living her since 2018 so for something like this to happen is devastating. I'm absolutely gutted for them, they've lost everything."

Kaitlin has praised the firefighters for their proffesionalism in dealing with the incident. 


"They were absolutely brilliant," she said. "They got here in about three minutes - it felt like a lifetime with seeing the house as it was. 

"They are fantastic, and we owe so much to them. It was my husband's 30th birthday and we gave them all a slice of cake and a drink."

The Leader: The fire at the home in Oakenholt on Sunday.

The table in Kaitlin's front room has been covered in bags full of items. 

She added: "We are so thankful to the people that have donated either essentials, clothes or via the GoFundMe page. We live in such a kind community."

The Leader: