The family which faced the worst house fire of Australia with 11 family members dying in the incident was given the house keys to their new home in Southern Brisbane on Thursday.
The keys were handed over to the fire-scourged family in a small gathering of family, friends, and emergency officers of the region. The house was reconstructed with the help of funds raised by unions, city council, construction companies, and the government. It took seven months for the house to be reconstructed completely which caught fire 11 months ago with 14 family members caught in the fire, amongst which only three could be rescued alive where the remaining 11 lost their lives.
The deceased members of the Taufa family include four children, four teenagers, and three women ranging from grandmother to a three year old girl. Only three men of the family survived.
The Minister of the Federal Industrial Relations Bill Shorten and the Premier of Queensland Campbell Newman were present at the small ceremony to gift the keys to the surviving members of the family. The family members were overwhelmed and could not comment on the generosity of the government and others who helped them reconstruct their house.
Tau Taufa thanked the government, community members and volunteers to help him get his house back in shape but said that he will move in once he is emotionally ready. He said, “It’s something like a kind of feeling – like during the funeral – my family, I said to them – we don’t confirm the day of burial unless when we are strong enough to say goodbye. That’s the same thing happen here – when I feel I have the gut to move in, then I move in.”
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