Dundalk as it Happens
Appeal launched to help Omeath couple rebuild after their home is destroyed by fire
An appeal has been launched to help raise funds for an Omeath-based family whose home was destroyed by fire last week.
Alisha McKevitt woke on St Valentine’s Day last Wednesday to the smell of smoke. Her husband Paddy had already left for work and she was fortunate to escape the house as the fire quickly spread.
While two of the couple’s dogs were rescued, one dog and two cats didn’t make it.
As well as losing their home, the couple have lost everything that they own.
Having only moved back to the area from America in recent months so that Paddy could care for his elderly mum, they had no insurance cover as they could not receive cover until it was brought up to spec. This was something they had been working on for several months with a new roof having just been installed.
Neighbour Ciaran Philips, who witnessed the fire and described it as ‘scary’ has taken to social media appealing for man power and donations for building materials to help the McKevitt’s rebuild their home.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by a friend in America, which has so far raised over $20,000 while Ciaran can be contacted on 087 6441749.
A meeting has also been organised in the Dolmen Centre in Omeath this Tuesday night at 7.30pm where anyone who can offer materials, time, expertise or a donation is welcome to come along.
The couple have been kindly put up by friends in the area and given food, clothing and comfort.