THE mother and daughter left homeless by yesterday’s house blast and fire at Ascot are in need of assistance – and you can help.
Julie Whittle and her daughter Natalie are being helped by Haven and friend Jan Kelly to find shelter.
“We might have found a home with a hoist,” Jan said.
“They have nothing, they lost it all in the fire.
“They need everything to fill a house, from clothes to a washing machine.”
Jan said Julie was “emotionally crushed” by the event in Ascot where an explosion and fire destroyed the home.
“Natalie needs 24-hour care, this is not easy.”
“Along with everything else Julie really needs help making some adult bibs for Natalie.”
“Face towels with pretty edging would make all the difference as Natalie dribbles constantly.
If you can help with donation in cash or kind contact Jan on 5446 8893.
A 75-YEAR OLD Bendigo man will appear in the Bendigo Magistrate's Court this morning charged over a house explosion yesterday.
The man will face court for a filing hearing, charged with offences including criminal damage by fire.
The CFA was called to a house in Strickland Street, Ascot shortly after noon yesterday after neighbours reported an explosion.
The fire quickly took hold and the home was virtually destroyed before fire fighters arrived.
No one was at home at the time of the explosion and fire.
A MAN in his 70s is in custody following a suspicious house fire in Ascot this afternoon.
The man is assisting police with their inquiries after an explosion ripped apart a Strickland Street house at 12.10pm.
Arson chemists are still at the scene.
No one was home at the time and police are still investigating.
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ARSON Squad detectives are on their way to the scene of a significant house fire at Ascot today.
Five CFA were called to the house on Strickland Street just after noon.
Ambulance Victoria have confirmed there was an explosion at the home.
Bendigo Weekly photographer Andrew Perryman said "the whole house has gone."
The roof of the cream brick home completely caved in.
Paramedics were on standby. Police at the scene have told www.bendigoweekly.com.au they don't know if anyone was inside at the time of the fire.
Police have blocked Strickland Street.
The fire is now under control.
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