Melbourne Fire Destroys Frum Family’s Home on Erev Rosh Hashanah


melbourne-fire-rosh-hashanahTwenty-two firefighters battled a blaze in a house in Oak Grove, Ripponlea – opposite the Adass Israel shul – on Sunday morning, Erev Rosh Hashanah. 

At least four fire engines arrived within five minutes, according to the MFB, and brought the fire under control less than half an hour later.

“Fire damage was confined to the rear of the property with the remainder heavily smoke-logged and requiring extensive cleaning,” a MFB statement said. “A twin adjoining property that shared a common wall was not affected.”

A MFB spokesperson said it was thanks to the smoke alarm that the mother was alerted and was able to get her children out safely after a blaze started in the laundry and spread to the roof and the hallway.

Members of the frum community rallied to help the mishpacha just hours before the Yom Tov of Rosh Hashanah.

Reb Shlomo Boruch Abelesz, a longstanding leader of the Adass community, said, “The good news is that the Adass community seems to have come to their aid with everything from lodging to food and clothes,” he said.

It is estimated that the repair bill will reach about $30,000, according to the fire brigade.

{J Wire, Newscenter}