The only thing to emerge from the McClintock’s fire unscathed was Princess the pet cat. She is thankfully being cared for and food has been donated for her upkeep by the Grenfell IGA until her owner Kayla recuperates. Princess is seen here on the day of the fire being cared for by Rachael Smith. As you are now all aware there was a fire in the early hours of Friday morning July 6 in Main Street Grenfell.
Three people in the upstairs flat miraculously made it out alive.
Keith was lucky to have a tree break his fall, whereas Kayla and Jason had to break through the front windows on to the balcony to escape the flames.
Thankfully Jason broke through and got Kayla and himself out.
Once on the balcony their screams for help seemed to go unanswered, so Jason tried to climb down to get help.
Unfortunately he fell injuring his back and hurting his head, he ended up with a badly bruised spine and brain and head injuries.
Meanwhile Kayla was left alone on the balcony until local resident Marie Graham woke to the screaming in Alexandria Street and in her pyjamas ran to the main street and alerted Jack Bush and Liz Smith to ring emergencies.
Kayla was still screaming but was not easy to locate with all the smoke, then we spotted her and the bread truck quickly backed up to the balcony which Kayla eventually jumped onto, the driver then moved the truck away from the fire.
All the emergency personel did an extremely great job, thank you all.
Keith and Kayla lost everything, except for their lives and their cat “Princess” whom was rescued whilst trying to get into the burning building.
The cat is being looked after by Jon Marshall and we would like to thank Crutcher’s IGA for donating cat food and kitty litter for as long as needed.
We would also like to thank all the people who have donated household items, clothes, blankets and money.
You will find buckets in several businesses in town or alternatively a trust fund has been set up at the ANZ Bank – BSB 00012655 account 205954983.
We really do live in a generous and caring town, thanks to everyone.
Tess Kelly – Grenfell
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