Grieving woman ‘loses everything’ as stray firework destroys beloved home

A devastated pensioner who lost her husband two months ago has been forced to leave her home after a stray firework destroyed it.

Pauline Perry, 75, was at her home on Friday when the sound of her patio doors “popping” made her notice the large blaze in her back garden.

The pensioner hadn't realised that a firework had landed in her back garden and caught fire to her rattan furniture, Liverpool ECHO reports.

Pauline rushed out and attempted to move the furniture in an attempt to stop the fire from spreading, but this only welcomed the blaze into her lounge where it quickly took over.

Horrified neighbours spotted the flames flooding from the house in Norris Green, Liverpool, and thankfully ran to the woman's rescue.

Fire crews reportedly rushed to the scene but by the time they arrived Pauline says she had already "lost everything".

Pauline had previously moved to the area from the Midlands with her husband Tony Perry six years ago.

But two months ago, Tony fell ill with sepsis and within a week of being admitted to hospital sadly died.

Neighbour Steve Finley told the ECHO Pauline has only just begun adjusting to life after losing Tony.

He added that the blaze feels like there is "no justice" for the woman after a horrific year.

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Following the tragedy, members of Pauline's community rallied together in a bid to raise money for the widow.

Alistair Smith, who lives on a neighbouring street, started a GoFundMe page late last night after hearing the extent of the damage in Pauline's home.

Speaking to the ECHO, he said: “We’re hoping to raise some money in the community just to help her through it all – every little helps.”

Steve, 68, said the local community is "great" and they’re all just doing what "normal people would do".

Since launching the fundraiser last night, the Norris Green community has raised £1,350 and is still growing.

The target has been set at £2,500 but Steve said anything that is raised would be "brilliant".

Anyone wanting to help Pauline should visit here.

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