A FIRE devastated the lives of a family this month.

So the Burnham-on-Sea community have decided to raise money to help repair the damage.

Bre Harrington and her husband were woken by their cat during the early hours of the morning on October 3, alerting them there was a fire in the house.

Fire crews from Burnham-on-Sea and Bridgwater were sent to the scene around 5am.

“On arrival, crews confirmed smoke and flames issuing,” said a Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson.

“Fire crews rescued two occupants from the property who suffered from smoke inhalation.

“Crews also rescued a dog and a cat from the property.”

The property suffered 15 per cent fire damage and 40 per cent smoke damage, they added.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Bre remembers screaming out the window for people to help them and said the experience was ‘terrifying’.

The couple managed to climb out the bathroom window onto the decking and jump over the fence onto another neighbours rooftop to get down.

Now, a fundraiser has been set up to help the family rebuild their lives after the blaze.

So far, £1,100 has been raised out of a £2,000 target.

This is the second time in less than a year that the family have had a traumatic experience with fire.

In November 2020, Bre and her son (who was then five-years-old), woke up to find the stairs to their only exit were engulfed in flames.

Luckily, there was no damage to the inside of the property so they stayed in the home.

But Bre struggled for months with anxiety every time she saw lights outside or heard oud noises.

And now, Bre, her husband and their son need to rebuild their lives after the most recent fire.

To donate visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bcr?utm_term=Azarz56kR.