Nothing but devastation
By KUE DAVIS
DEVASTATION was the word Hector Thompson-Davis used to describe what he felt when he visited his Bucca Road property yesterday morning.
Mr Thompson-Davis, his wife and two daughters were visiting the property for a quiet family picnic around 11am but instead found police, ambulance and fire brigade officials swarming the place their home once stood.
A crime scene had been established at the site, where a house fire earlier in the day had reduced their partly-renovated home, shed and caravan to nothing more than a pile of ash.
"I was taking my wife and my daughters out for a picnic to the property we came around the bend, and half of Coffs Harbour was there," he said.
"I had a banana shed trucked out from Woolgoolga, we had a caravan all of it's gone. There's just nothing left."
"All my grandfather's things, my mother's, my father's all my boxing photos were all in the house. None of that can be replaced," he said.
"It's just broken my heart."
Mr Thompson-Davis said he has spent the past two or three years renovating the home, which he inherited from his grandfather, and was looking forward to reaching the halfway mark.
"I've been buying and collecting odd bits of tin, done all the work myself we don't have a lot of money, so I've been doing bit by bit." A family friend that had been staying in the house was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus suffering lacerations, burns and contusion to eye but was in a stable condition.
Mr Thompson-Davis commended the emergency services on their quick response and thorough work, and investigations are continuing.