HELPING HAND: Brisbane-based Fast-Tracked Constructions Jon Agostinelli and Kristin Haken Thave offered to rebuild Millmerran man Kelvin Turner's home through donated labour and materials after it was ransacked and razed in a fire.Photo Contributed
HELPING HAND: Brisbane-based Fast-Tracked Constructions Jon Agostinelli and Kristin Haken Thave offered to rebuild Millmerran man Kelvin Turner's home through donated labour and materials after it was ransacked and razed in a fire.Photo Contributed Contributed

Strangers offer to rebuild ransacked, razed home

A MILLMERRAN man who lost all his possession in a callous attack at his property has been left heartened by the overwhelming support from friends and strangers.

Kelvin Turner is still picking up the pieces after his Turner Rd property was ransacked then razed by thieves last Monday morning.

The "mindless and utter destruction" has left him with nothing by a damaged caravan, a suit and one set of clothes but even in the face of devastation, the semi-retired farmer has maintained there a people worse off than himself.

"My phone has hardly stopped ringing with people calling in sympathy and support," Mr Turner told The Chronicle.

"It has been overwhelming and I don't know how I could ever thank them."

Mr Turner spent Saturday with insurance assessors at the property in the first step in a long process to rebuilding the home.

The semi-retired farmer said the home and its foundations were irreparable but he was confident of having the structure rebuild through the insurance policy.

That could be helped along by Brisbane-based Fast-Tracked Constructions whose marketing director Kristin Haken quickly offered to rebuild through donated labour and materials.

Ms Haken said she and her partner Jon Agostinelli were "quite touched by the story" in general.

"We being such a young couple having a company have had quite a lot of vandals come through and had substantial amounts of stuff stolen and vandalised," she said.

"I guess, in our minds, we'd like to fix our age group's name a little bit and we're not all terrible people.

"We'd like to use the power we've built up to help people, not just make money."

Kelvin Turner's home on Turners Rd has been destroyed in a fire police believe was deliberately lit. PHOTO: 7 News Toowoomba
Kelvin Turner's home on Turners Rd has been destroyed in a fire police believe was deliberately lit. PHOTO: 7 News Toowoomba 7 News Toowoomba

Ms Haken said she had seen the devastation rural crime had on small communities, having grown up on a large sheep property.

Her mother still lives in St George.

"I can imagine what it would be like if that had happened to her," she said.

Mr Turner said the generous offer was one of many including from Toowoomba retailer Hannas which offered to replace a $200 gift voucher the fire victim received as a birthday present just months before the fire.

He said he had received other generous offers including a Betros Bros voucher and donations of cash from neighbours and pensioner friends in Pittsworth.

An online fundraiser topped $7600 in a matter of days and will help Mr Turner replace the contents of the home which were not covered by insurance.

"My loss is solely the contents and the other stuff across the farm," he said.

"The sheds, the machinery sheds and other buildings on that … they ransacked every morsel of things, and there wasn't a tool box or container they didn't go through.

"It's the ultra waste of it all - they could have stolen everything but not burnt the house down."

Mr Turner said he was humbled and slightly embarrassed by the generosity of friends and strangers from around the country.

"I have found it hard to accept this help," he said.

"It's certainly morale boosting but hard to accept the help like that.

"Every day I am realising I haven't got this, or I haven't got that."

Police continue to investigate the theft and fire which has been ruled as suspicious.

Anyone with information contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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