House fire victim is Mackay mum of six, help needed
A SOUTH Mackay family is still searching for normality a week after their home was destroyed by fire.
Last weekend was supposed to be reason to celebrate, but it was anything but.
It was the birthday of Camilla Franettovich's youngest son and they had travelled up to Marwood to stay for the night.
"We left on the Saturday because we would have the camp-fire that night, marshmallows, we would have some fun," Ms Franettovich recalled.
She returned to her South Mackay home that evening to pick up an extra mattress for a friend who had decided to stay the night.
"Everything was in tact," she said. "I thought I'd make pancakes for breakfast, so I grabbed jam out of the fridge, closed the door, there was nothing untoward, the fridge didn't feel hot."
The day after her South Mackay home was destroyed by a fire that started inside the fridge.
Fire fighters were called to the house at 3.26pm after a man nearby saw smoke billowing from the roof.
In what was a relief to the mother of six, all of the memories of times past were able to be salvaged. Photographs of her kids growing up, and even a home movie were untouched.
In the kitchen hung a mothers day card that glowed through the charring and the smoke. It had gold writing and read, "Mum you're the friggen best".
"It was pretty touching (to see that) the kids brought it home. It's all charred so we thought we would leave the charring and the black smudges and put it in a frame to remember," she said.
While Ms Franettovich continues to strive for normality, a Gofundme page aimed to raise enough money to get her back on her feet continues to tick over.
In just three days, $16,460 has been raised.
"I'm very, very touched by that because I didn't have contents insurance," she said. "I didn't have enough to fall back on."
Never did she think that much would be raised.
"I'm overwhelmed, I could just cry at the drop of a hat from the generosity, the big heart of people. I am so blessed."