TIMBOON residents have rallied to support a local couple who lost their possessions in a house fire on Sunday afternoon.
The husband and wife, described by Timboon P-12 principal Rosalie Moorfield as being well-respected community members, were still in shock yesterday.
They had been away when their weatherboard house on Digneys Bridge Road caught fire.
CFA crews were alerted about 11.30am, but despite the best efforts of local district brigades the single-storey building could not be saved.
Investigations are continuing into the cause which is not believed to be suspicious.
Ms Moorfield told The Standard yesterday the couple has been accommodated in a donated granny flat Sunday night and would soon move into a house with furnishings which had been made available.
“Everyone has rallied to help out,” Ms Moorfield said.
“The couple is traumatised enough after losing all their possessions without having to find somewhere to stay.
“It’s a difficult time for them.
“They have been generous workers in their community for many years.
“We thank everyone who jumped in to assist and who donated furniture, food and other items.”
Timboon Fire Brigade captain Gavin Carroll said seven firefighting vehicles were used in the call-out.
“The building was well alight when we got there,” he said.
“Access was not easy and water was not readily available on the property.”