WHEN fire tore through her home Lora Jenkins never thought her family would be back in before Christmas.
But thanks to hard-working contractors, the 24-year-old and daughters Hunni, Harmony and Skyra will be tucking in to turkey at their Fareham home less than three months after the blaze.
Lora, a care worker, said: ‘It’s like the best Christmas present that I could ever have asked for.
‘It would have been our first Christmas in that house as a family, and I can’t thank everyone enough for helping us get back in there.’
Although all of their possessions were lost during the fire, Lora and her daughters have been busy making the house feel like home and adding a festive touch.
Lora said: ‘This year we are going to have Christmas at home as a family.
‘People keep saying to me “what are you going to get your kids for Christmas?”.
‘It was so easy this year, because we literally had nothing. They’re all looking forward to opening their presents and getting some toys again.’
Lora was upstairs at the house in Hillson Drive when an electrical fire started near her television.
She rushed downstairs on hearing the noise and minutes later fire had completely ripped through her semi-detached house.
At the time she went to live with her mother, and her three children stayed with their father, so it looked like the family would be split up for Christmas.
On hearing this, Fareham Borough Council drafted in extra contractors, who pulled out all the stops to ensure Lora and her children would be reunited for the holidays.
During the renovations, up to six vans were parked outside Lora’s house, while contractors worked long hours.
Lora said: ‘They were brilliant. They went through everything step by step with me. It looks amazing.
‘It’s like walking into a different house.
‘Everything is brand new. It’s been replastered and there is a new bathroom. It’s incredible.’
Ward councillor Peter Davies said: ‘I can’t express how pleased I am that the borough council’s housing department has moved so quickly and that the lady with her children will be back in their home before Christmas.
‘I want to congratulate the contractors and the maintenance staff for carrying out the repairs so quickly especially at this time of year, so the family can be home for the most important time of year.’