Appeals have been launched to help a family which lost everything in a house fire believed to have been started by a firework.

It is thought a firework set fire to the garage of a chalet bungalow in School Road, West Walton, at around 6.45pm on Monday, although investigations into the cause continue.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said officers were called to reports of a fire due to a firework and one person needed treatment for burns to their hand.

Local businessman and retained firefighter Ben Human was one of the first on the scene and has launched an appeal for financial donations to help the family of four, which lost most of its possessions.

Mr Human said on Facebook: “It’s so devastating that your life can change in seconds. 

“Our crews worked tirelessly for six hours to try to stop a house of lovely people and friends being ripped apart from fire.”

He told Your Local Paper this week: “Their home was very badly damaged, they have lost everything.” 

Mr Human started a collection at his business Samuel’s Family Farm Shop and Butchers in Walpole St Andrew and said the family involved were regular customers. 

He spoke to them this week and said they had been “gobsmacked” with the community response.

He said the family had not asked for help, but were very grateful to everyone and happy to still be a family.

Since the appeal was launched, Mr Human said a lot of people had been into the shop with financial donations and also clothes.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service sent 12 appliances to the scene and firefighters remained there until 8.15am on Tuesday. 

Some nearby properties had to be evacuated and School Road was closed until the following morning. 

In the wake of the blaze, owners of the nearby Highwayman pub, Robert and Diane Gould, told YLP they were also happy to act as a drop-off point if the family needed any items.

An appeal has been launched on the West Walton and Walton Highway Facebook selling page asking for clothing, games and gadgets for the family which has two teenage boys.

Two online appeals have also been set up by well-wishers. A GoFundMe page has been launched with a target of £2,000 and details of a £1,500 JustGiving page were also posted on Facebook this week.

The family has been accommodated in another West Norfolk village and Mr Human said they had managed to salvage some clothes.

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