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Young mum’s cruel blow

Tuesday, 25th October, 2011

HUGE LOSS: Monique Biggs and daughter Brandi, 1, in front of the wreckage which was their rental property yesterday afternoon. HUGE LOSS: Monique Biggs and daughter Brandi, 1, in front of the wreckage which was their rental property yesterday afternoon.

By Kurtis Eichler

The last thing 18-year-old single mother, Monique Biggs, expected on her weekend away was a phone call to say she’d lost everything.

Photos, personal belongings and family mementos were all lost when the young mother’s Chapple Lane rental home was destroyed by a fire on Sunday afternoon which appears to have been deliberately lit.

She now has only the items she took with her on her drive back to Menindee for her sister’s birthday at the weekend.

“I didn’t think it was true,” Monique said. “But it just shook me. Everything was lost.”

Monique said she spent yesterday searching for a rental house, flat or unit but found nothing was available.

In her desperate search for accommodation, she is turning to the community to help rebuild her life.

Monique’s mother, Daphne Biggs, said her daughter had “come a long way” and was a “good mum” who didn’t deserve the cards she’d been dealt.

“She’s in debt now with TVs which she just bought,” her mother said.

“We’ve been everywhere and everything’s just full.”

Ms Biggs, who lives in Menindee, called on anyone who could help with accommodation to give her daughter a helping hand.

“She’s lost everything.”

Broken Hill Police yesterday said the house had been examined by Forensic officers, and detectives were speaking with a number of children, some as young as 10, in relation to the fire.

If fire was deliberate, Monique had a message for the culprits.

“Do they feel good that they left someone homeless?”

“How would they feel if someone done it to them?”

Monique said any donations would be greatly appreciated. She can be contacted on 8091 4614 or 0459 213 837.

 

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