Sandra is a senior crimes and justice reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times.

Papamoa fire family overwhelmed by donations

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Papamoa Dickson Road house fire survivors Kent Robinson and his partner Savanna Wichman, and their youngest children Tayla-Rose, 3, Winter, 2, Riley, 6, and 4-month-old Alistair. Photo/George Novak.
Papamoa Dickson Road house fire survivors Kent Robinson and his partner Savanna Wichman, and their youngest children Tayla-Rose, 3, Winter, 2, Riley, 6, and 4-month-old Alistair. Photo/George Novak.

A Givealittle page set up for the Papamoa family of five who lost everything in a house fire has so far raised $4797.

More than 100 people have donated money to help Kent Robinson, his partner Savanna Wichman and their five children whose rented Dickson Rd home went up in flames on Sunday afternoon.

Apart from a suitcase of photographs from the upstairs wardrobe and a few clothes on the washing line, the family who had no content insurance lost everything.

Mr Robinson managed to escape the property with his two year-old daughter Winter and managed to locate his oldest daughter Bella, 9, outside the house after a frantic search. Read more about the fire here.

His partner and his other three children had been attending church meeting.

The Papamoa house was extensively damaged.
The Papamoa house was extensively damaged.

A Givealittle page set up by Zar Lawrence to help the family has had a huge response with many other people also commenting on Facebook that they were keen to donate items.

Givealittle donor named Jessica commented that she would love to donate some clothes for the youngest children, and also had a bag of freezer meat.

Another man who phoned the Bay of Plenty Times this morning had also offered to donate three beds and a sofa.

The Bay of Plenty Times Facebook page has also been inundated with people offering goods and services to the family.

The cause of fire was yet to be confirmed but was being treated as accidental, and believed to have been started by a spark from a chisel sharpening tool.

Fire investigator Jon Rewi said it was likely the insured house would need to be rebuilt.

Anyone wanting to donate can visit the family's Givealittle page.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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