A mum-of-six who managed to get her family to safety from a devastating house fire but has lost everything just days before Christmas has said she is "overwhelmed" by the support of the community.

Lisa-marie Williams and her children, aged between 14 and one, had to flee their house in Ruan Minor late on Saturday night after a fire broke out.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters, who came from Mullion, Helston, St Keverne, Falmouth and Tolvaddon, the three-storey house was left gutted by the flames.


On Sunday the community of Ruan Minor and beyond rallied behind the family, offering accommodation, clothes, toys and bedding, while more than £8,300 in donations.

Writing on the village Facebook page, Lisa-marie Williams said: "I literally don't know what to say, thank you so, so much to each and every one of you that has messaged, donated and helped.

"I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support from our amazing community and neighbouring villages. I am so grateful to each and everyone of you and my amazing friends who have been my absolute rock.

"As horrific as it was, I'm just so relieved that I got everyone out and we are safe. That's the most important thing.

"Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, I am eternally grateful to have such amazing friends, family and the support from people that don't even know me during these challenging times. Love to you all. Lisa and the children xx"


Ruan Minor Village Hall was filled with bin bags full of donated clothes, bedding and toys

Ruan Minor Village Hall was filled with bin bags full of donated clothes, bedding and toys


Ruan Minor Village Hall was opened up yesterday for donations of clothes, toiletries, bedding and other items, and by the end of the day tables were groaning under the weight of bin bags with items.

So much was given that Lisa's friends who are organising it all have asked for no more items to be dropped in today, while they sort through what there is.

Sam Jane, who is part of a large group of friends helping sort the donations, said they had been overwhelmed by the support shown.

She said: "What an amazing community we have! So many people have visited, not only from our village but from neighbouring villages and towns.

"Your kindness to Lisa and the children has been amazing and we can’t thank you all enough. We now have enough clothes and bed linen so no need for anymore donations of that kind.

"From our group of helpers who worked hard all afternoon sorting through bags, to those of you who turned up with donations, days like today show just how lovely our community is and how kind we can all be."


The house in Ruan Minor was left gutted by the fire

The house in Ruan Minor was left gutted by the fire


Anyone wanting to show their support can still donate to the fundraising set up by the Sparkle Foundation, which has so far collected more than £8,300 in donations.

People can donate via text by texting the word FAMILYCHRISTMAS followed by your donation amount to 70450 to give that amount.

Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and you’ll be opting into hearing more from the charity. If you would like to donate but don't wish to hear more, text the word FAMILYCHRISTMASNOINFO instead.