Mourners to farewell house fire victims
A friend of one of three Australians who lost their home in a house fire in Townsville said they were feeling sorry for himself.
Clarence Stoddart said his friend Ben, 41, had a “massive amount of responsibility and we were obviously going through a huge emotional situation”.
After Ben went into cardiac arrest on Wednesday morning, Clayton said a “family emergency” was caused by the fire that destroyed their home.
“He was pretty much one of the most caring people you could ever meet,” he said.
“We’re not all going to have the same level of care for him, but I just hope he and the rest of our family get through this together.
“We’re grieving. We’re crying. I just just hope that he’s going to get well.”
Clarence said Ben was devastated.
“He was just crying from the bottom of his heart, just devastated,” he said.
“I think it was his heart telling him, ‘All of us’. Everyone has to accept their role in this situation.”
He urged people to stay away from the two-storey house in Westmount on South Beach jarvees.comand the surrounding areas.
“If anyone is there, if anybody sees anything suspicious, call emergency services,” he said.
“The whole thing is extremely tragic in terms of the family, friends and neighbours.
“Our family doesn’t want to be the only one dealing with this kind of thing, it’s really sad.”
Topics: fires, community-and-society, law-crime-and-justice, community-and-society, townsville-4810