This wooden cottage on Loudon St was severely damaged by a fire started at a neighbouring Kirkland St property last month. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The charred aftermath of a fire has prevented Gretta Jamieson
from returning to the Green Island home she has lived in for
nearly 60 years.
The wooden Loudon St cottage was severely damaged in a fire
when a neighbouring Kirkland St property was destroyed in an
inferno on Friday, October 19.
Mrs Jamieson - oblivious to the drama unfolding - was out
having lunch with friends at the time of the blaze.
"It was only when we came home and we found a police car
blocking the street. We got to the bottom of Loudon St and it
was all happening."
The 79-year-old, who had lived in the home for 58 years after
moving into the property just months after she married, was
told of the fire by a firefighter.
"You just go into shock when something like this happens."
Mrs Jamieson said the fire originally did not look too bad at
her house and she asked if she could go inside, "but the
fireman put his arm around me and said 'I am sorry, you
She had stayed with a friend since the fire, and was yet to
return to her home to retrieve any possessions.
The house was insured but a decision concerning its future
was yet to be made. An assessor had told her to buy what she
needed and keep all receipts.
"I certainly did not go silly. I just got what I needed to
see me through."
Mrs Jamieson said although the ordeal had been difficult, it
was made easier with the assistance of the Fire Service, her
insurance company and friends and family.
"Top marks to everyone."