CONCERNED residents have organised a fundraiser for a family after a fire burnt down their home last week.

Rebecca Barnes, Caitlin Parkins and Casey Parkins started the fundraiser for the family following the fire that burned their home on Liverpool, Newtown, Reading on Friday, June 26.

Upon arrival, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue crews from Wokingham Road, Caversham Road, Dee Road, Ascot and Whitley Wood found that one person had been rescued from the property, who was placed in the care of South Central Ambulance Service.

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They currently remain in hospital for treatment.

The fundraiser has so far reached £3,444 in the space of a day, with a total of 149 residents having already donated to their cause.

Ms Barnes, fundraising organiser, said: "Nirmal, Amritpal and Paramjeet have sadly been affected by a house fire, which has resulted in them sadly losing everything within their family home.

"As a single mum, Nirmal was currently in the process of renewing the home insurance but sadly this was not completed in time."

It was revealed to Casey Parkins yesterday that Nirmal, the homeowner and mother, has been an NHS worker for more than 20 years.

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Ms Barnes added: "Everybody within the household has been affected differently.

"Amritpal was sadly in the home at the time and has sustained serious burns and is currently still in hospital.

"Paramjeet is currently in secondary school, so this is going to affect his learning and mental health.

"As a community we would like to help ease the financial burden of Nirmal by raising some money to help towards clothes, essentials and any other financial worries that will come with it. All donations are greatly received either big or small."

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