Rodney Times : February 4th 2016
Townhall delays P9 Rodney Times Thursday, February 4, 2016 ‘‘ We’ve basically got what we’re wearing. Hopefully I can scrape through and find anything that’s not melted.’’ Scott Marchant $787,000 John Dee Cres, Red Beach Aspacious 3 bedroom homewith extensive decking and paved areas. Barfoot&Thompson Orewa YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling Miss Hibiscus Vintage P16 The Marchant’s lost all their possessions in the Long Bay fire. Inset: Scott Marchant, at a Wellsford fire awards ceremony. PHOTO: JACQUIE STOKES/IRIS PHOTOGRAPHY Marchant inferno Wellsford firefighting crewhit social media to help former colleague after blaze Firefighters are rallying to help one of their own, who lost all his possessions when his rented home burned down. Wellsford Volunteer Fire Brig- ade members are preparing a food hamper and promoting a Givealittle page, after former brigade member of 25 years Scott Marchant and his family had their Auckland Council owned two-storey Long Bay Regional Park home destroyed on Monday evening while they were out. Fellow firefighters are ‘‘gut- ted’’ for the Marchants and want to help, Wellsford senior station officer Richard Connolly says. ‘‘It’s lucky they weren’t there.’’ Other fundraising will depend on what further information becomes available, he says. Marchant, Connolly and Steven Greenwood made a high school pact to join the brigade and received 25 year gold star awards in September. The Marchants left to be closer to work, including Scott’s role as Auckland Council deputy principal rural fire officer. He was on the way back from forest fire fighting in the US when his gold star was given to son Matthew and wife Melissa at the Wellsford ceremony. Marchant was heading home from a family day out when a friend called that there was a fire. By the time he arrived the house was ‘‘pretty much a writeoff’’. He says it’s the loss of small items attached to special memories that hit the hardest. Awards, photos and other memorabilia like his grandfather’s war medals were burned. A Givealittle page, givealittle.co.nz/cause/ help4longbayfire# set up by a friend of Marchant’s wife raised almost $5000 within 24 hours, and clothes, furniture and places to stay were offered. ‘‘We’ve basically got what we’re wearing,’’ Marchant says. The family also has a French woman staying who lost everything she brought to New Zealand. Marchant says the support has been overwhelming. ‘‘Hopefully I can scrape through and find anything that’s not melted.’’ Fire Service investigator Rus- sell Dickson says the fire is being treated as suspicious. $1,385,000 Bishop Lane, Matakana Impressive views on 1.75 hectares of Matakanawaterfront. Shared access of boat rampand pontoon. Bayleys Mahurangi East SeeOutlook for more $910,000 Tindalls Beach Four bedroom family homewith 2 living areas, one with a gas fire. Barfoot&Thompson Orewa Our new showhome, now open in Riverhead, is everything you’d expect from one of New Zealand’s leading home building companies ... and more! So call in to this, or one of our other fabulous showhomes throughout Auckland, and find out just how easy it can be to have the beautiful new home you deserve. Riverhead 7 Pohutukawa Parade Riverhead, Long Bay, Silverdale Tues - Sun Mon 1st Feb Silverdale 14 Portland Park, Millwater Tues - Sun Silverdale 14 Portland Park, Millwater Mon 1st Feb 12pm - 4pm Open 12 - 4pm 12pm - 4pm 12pm - 4pm 6520535AD sold!
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