Blaze destroys home
A FAMILY of six lost everything when their home was gutted on Saturday.
Jeff and Sue Natalier and their children were away at the coast when fire destroyed their home at Lower Tenthill near Gatton.
Mr Natalier said the home, built by his family in 1936, contained more than a lifetime of memories and when news came late Saturday afternoon that there was nothing left he was heartbroken.
“I was just in absolute disbelief. This is our home, well was our home,” Mr Natalier said.
Emergency crews from Gatton and Helidon arrived at their Krenskes Road property about 2.10am on Saturday to find the home well alight.
Mrs Natalier and their two youngest children remain at the Gold Coast because they are too distraught but their two high school aged children went to school yesterday.
“It's just heartbreaking that this has happened but the only thing you can do is pick up the pieces and start again,” Mr Natalier said.
Mr Natalier said the hardest decision would be leaving the land his family always called home.
In an ironic twist, Mr Natalier said his wife had recently gone through all the children's clothing and bagged what they didn't need ready to send them to bushfire ravaged Victoria.
“We just bagged 15 bags of kids' clothes and put them in the shed ready to go down south this Saturday,” he said.
The cause of the blaze is not yet known and investigations are continuing.