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Heartbreak for family after losing their home of 13 years to a fire

House fire victims Graeme Tudor with his step-son Mark Whelan (left) and two sons Owen (centre) and Edward Tudor. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
House fire victims Graeme Tudor with his step-son Mark Whelan (left) and two sons Owen (centre) and Edward Tudor. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

A FATHER of seven is anxious to get all his children back under one roof following the heartbreak of losing their home of 13 years to a fire.

Although overwhelmed by the generosity and goodwill of friends and strangers over the last two days, Graeme Tudor has had to put on a brave face as he turns his thoughts to what he will do to get by for the next few months.

He and the six of his children that lived at the Green St, Ebbw Vale residence lost everything except the clothes they had on at the time.

"The last few days have been like a roller coaster - ranging from being emotionally ravaged to overwhelmed at the level of community support," Mr Tudor said.

"We are all shattered. Ever since I first got that phone call from police I have found it difficult to eat - my guts have been churning."

Help has come from far and wide so far, with Ipswich City Council, the Ipswich Community Care Fund and even the Cats Ipswich Central Junior AFL club - which three of Mr Tudor's sons play for - chipping in.

Amart All Sports donated three pairs of boots for the boys this week, while the family's home insurer, Suncorp, has paid for two week's accommodation at the Aspire apartments.

"At this stage, our only plan is to get back together under one roof and then figure out what to do next," Mr Tudor said.

The Cats AFL club has already started its own efforts to assist the Tudor family, with president Sean McComb organising a fundraiser this weekend. Other families brought bags clothes for the children to training last night.

Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to discover the cause of the blaze, which tore through the home about noon on Tuesday.

QFES fire investigation unit state manager Gordon Hemphrey said the intense heat of the blaze caused major structural damage, making the investigation a challenge. Suspicious circumstances have been ruled out and investigators will focus there attention on the kitchen area.

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