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Mum-of-six is left homeless after fire

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Mum-of-six is left homeless after fire thumbnailCouple Terri Pedan and Sean Hunter lost everything because of the fire. CC07-35s

A MOTHER of six, who has been left homeless after a fire, wants to express her gratitude to the Coleraine community for getting her family back on their feet.
Terri Pedan and her fiancee Sean Hunter lost their home, personal items and valuable memories when a devastating fire at a neighbouring house left their home on the Ballycastle Road, smoke damaged and not fit for living on Sunday, January 22.
Speaking to the Chronicle this week, Terri explained how she had not only lost her house but the place she called home that terrible night.
She said: "We had been living in that house for two years. When we first moved in it was all wood-chip-paper, flowery carpets and all that. But we stripped it from top to bottom. We painted it, added some nice wallpaper, tiled the floors and really made it our own and now it's all gone."
The couple had to endure throwing out their 'memories' as they cleared the damaged home days later. Terri said: "We had to get a trailer to throw out everything that was damaged. It was so hard, looking at little things like our children's first outfits from hospital or teddies and knowing you cant keep it."
The couple recently had to cancel their first family holiday and resulted in losing their deposit, in their desperate attempt to save money and put the pieces back together.
The six young children lost their Christmas gifts to the smoke damage and have had some trouble adjusting to the situation.
Terri heartbreakingly explained: "The children have lost all of their belongings too, including their Christmas toys. My youngest two (Ella 5 months and Teddy one) wouldn't really sleep for the first week and have been very clingy. I'm trying to get them back into a routine, but it's been hard."
She continued: "It really dawned on me how it has affected the kids the other day. My mother had joked to my four-year-old that she could have one of her siblings nappies for her dollies and she replied, 'But I don't have any dollies anymore nanny.' That broke my heart in two."
*Read the full story in this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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