Family who lost two dogs in Leigham house fire ask for help to 'get back on their feet'

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A new fundraiser has been set up to aid a family affected by a massive house fire in Leigham. On Monday evening (July 1), flames and thick smoke were seen billowing from a property on Luxmore Drive, with multiple fire crews rushing to the scene to combat the inferno.

The fire ignited at about 9.15pm, with firefighters describing the property as "well alight." The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service reported that the blaze began in the front garden before spreading to the rest of the house.

The family are said to have lost not just their homes but two family dogs and "memorable stuff" that could never be replaced. They are now having to start from scratch to rebuild their lives.

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A police spokesperson said a fire investigation has been carried out and the blaze is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault. They said: "Police were made aware of a fire at Luxmore Close in Plymouth at around 10 pm on Monday 1 July.

"We attended to support our fire colleagues with a scene guard. A subsequent investigation has been carried out and confirmed that the fire is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault. There is no evidence of any crime being committed."

The fire has since been put out, with one crew still present in the area today, according to a spokesperson for the fire service. A fundraiser is now underway to assist the family who lost "everything in the fire."

Scene of the house fire in Leigham on Monday, July 1 -Credit:Submitted
Scene of the house fire in Leigham on Monday, July 1 -Credit:Submitted

The fundraiser is set up on GoFundMe by the sister of one of the residents, Teresa Shears. Sharing information on her plea she said: "Hi I’m doing a go fund me raising for my brother and his family after losing everything in the house fire, they have lost 2 family dogs and loads of memorable stuff that can never be replaced from both sides of the family.

"And now have to start from scratch we would really appreciate any help we can get to help my family Getting back on there feet . So we would be very grateful for any help you can give us. Many thanks!"

Shears has also raised £1,292 of a £3,000 target from 78 donations. You can donate to her fundraiser here.