A FAMILY who are still living in rented accommodation after their home was gutted by fire are reeling after burglars stole the few possessions they rescued from the blaze.
In February Julia and Jay Farmer and their sons Jarred (18) and Chris (12) were forced to move out of their home in Oldham Drive, Pinchbeck, after fire swept through the downstairs, gutting everything in its path.
Jarred, who was at home alone at the time of the fire, had a lucky escape after being alerted by a smoke alarm and clambering out of a bedroom window onto a flat roof, but the family’s dog Cass had to be rescued by firefighters.
Since then, the family have been renting a house in Holbeach while work is done to repair their home.
Julia (43) said: “Most of the stuff we managed to save from the fire was stored in a building in the back garden of the Pinchbeck house while the work is done, but it looks as though they came in at least twice over the weekend and took as much of it as they could carry.
“There was probably a couple of thousand pounds worth of our possessions in there, but now there’s nothing left.”
Items stolen included an antique mirror prized by Julia, as well as her dress jewellery and even her hair extensions.
Jay (41) had a number of tools taken, including some handed down to him by his grandfather.
Julia added: “These scumbags have just kicked us when we are down. I really can’t believe this has happened on top of everything else.”
“It has all been a total nightmare for us and there still doesn’t seem to be an end to it.”
Julia says she and Jarred have also fallen victim to vicious gossip regarding the cause of the fire, which was an electrical fault. She believes the burglary may be connected to that.
She said: “We have had forensics down here and it looks like they wore gloves, but the police have got a trainer print.
“They must have come over the fence, so I’m guessing they were reasonably young and fit to do that, and there definitely must have been more than one of them.
“I think they must have known us and knew about the fire and that the house was empty. They may have even been here before to know how to get into the garden.”
Although their home is still an empty shell, Julia and Jay are now hoping they will be able to move back in soon and say they have received amazing support from friends who have been at the house every weekend helping out with some of the work.
A police spokesman said: “This burglary is particularly deplorable coming so soon after another tragic event affecting this family and we would appeal to anyone with information about the incident to come forward.” You can contact police on 0300 1110300.