Community rallies behind Cooroy ambo after house blaze
THE Cooroy community is rallying around advanced care paramedic Suzette Dakin and her family as they come to terms with losing their home to fire.
Ms Dakin was dropping her son to primary school yesterday morning when a fire took hold of her Black Mountain home.
She returned to flames so intense it took fire crews hours to put the fire out.
"I couldn't believe it," Mrs Burkardt said.
"My good friend's house and it's just devastating to see something like this happen to her."
She has offered a granny flat at the rear of her Cooroy home for Ms Dakin and her family to stay.
"I would definitely say the whole town is going to support her."
Cooroy police officer-in-charge Sergeant Mal Scott said the house was "well and truly" alight when emergency services arrived after the alarm was raised about 8.30am.
"I know the issue was getting water to the scene as there was only a small quantity of water on site," Sgt Scott said.
He said the help of a nearby road construction company was enlisted to source water.
"(They) were able to lend a hand there with water carts and cannons and they've played a really good part in putting out the fire."
He understood the home was fully insured.
While there was relief no one was injured, there were concerns for the welfare of two of Ms Dakin's three cats.
A clearly distressed Ms Dakin held one of the beloved pets as she sat in an ambulance vehicle at the scene.
People in the Cooroy community were yesterday formulating plans as to how they could assist Ms Dakin and her family.
Her own generosity was exemplified when the Daily caught up with her in February this year for a story about a five-year-old boy she had helped in her paramedic role.
Young Finlay Kilburn put in a special effort to thank Ms Dakin after he needed her help when he broke his collarbone in a fall from his scooter.
She had given him a green turtle soft toy during his ambulance ride to hospital to help take his mind off the pain.
It was one of many toys Ms Dakin had purchased with her own money and kept in her medical kit to comfort distressed young patients.
The cause of the fire is unknown and will be investigated.