A woman has told of her family’s devastation after their home in Ellesmere Port was destroyed by a blaze which took firefighters nearly nine hours to put out on Saturday (May 2).

Sarah Warner, her sons Harry and Jack Warner and Jack’s girlfriend Jenni Jones lost everything but the clothes on their backs after a fire broke out in the bedroom of the house on The Oval that they shared at around 3pm, reducing it to a ‘total write-off’.

The fire spread to the roof and to the adjoining property.

Thankfully, neither of the families were at home at the time.

Sarah, 43, told the Pioneer she was ‘in total shock’ when she heard from a neighbour that the house she has lived in for the past ten years was alight.

The devastation caused by the fire at Sarah Warner's house in The Oval in Ellesmere Port

"We will have to rebuild everything"

Sarah said: “We are just devastated. We literally just have the clothes that we are standing in.

“My house it a total write-off - we will have to rebuild everything.

“But I’m alive, the kids are alive and my next door neighbours are alive and that’s the main thing.”

Sarah, who works at The Acorns Primary and Nursery School, added that what is ‘most upsetting’ is that she has lost the possessions of her eldest son, who passed away when he was little.

Now she is staying with her partner Stephen Savory while her sons are staying with their auntie.

Community campaigns to help

But Sarah has praised the ‘absolutely overwhelming’ generosity that they have been shown by the community, which has rallied to organise drop-off points for donations, and the comments from well-wishers on the Pride in the Port Facebook page.

Two GoGetFunding campaigns have raised almost £900 between them for the families.

“I am so proud of everyone in Ellesmere Port,” she said.

“Facebook is usually described as the root of all evil but the support we have received on there has just been amazing.”

Sarah and Stephen also want to thank the good Samaritan who kicked their front door down before fire crews arrived so that their two Alsatians could escape and to the neighbours who subsequently drove around the area to find them again.

To donate via GoGetFunding, visit gogetfunding.com/project/jen-s-house-fire-fundraiser or gogetfunding.com/project/rebuild-sarah-s-home.