HOUSE FIRE HEROINE: Despite swirling smoke and no lights, Coraki mother Katherine Mabwood managed to locate her two young children and escape their home which burned to the ground,
HOUSE FIRE HEROINE: Despite swirling smoke and no lights, Coraki mother Katherine Mabwood managed to locate her two young children and escape their home which burned to the ground, Alison Paterson

Mum's desperate search for children as house burnt down

CHOKING on smoke, Coraki mother Katherine Mabood desperately searched for her children in the dark as fire roared through their home at 10.30pm on Thursday.

Mrs Mabood, 25, said she was just out the shower when she heard her 10-month-old son Ryan crying.

When she opened the door, thick smoke and flames were swirling throughout the house.

As the flames came closer, dressed only in a towel and trousers, Mrs Mabood finally found her her four-year-old son Zane hiding under her bed.

"The power was gone, lights were out so all I had to see was from the flames," she said.

"I was carrying Ryan and it only took a minute to find him but it was the longest minute in the world, and then it took a while to get him out."

As their home lit up the night sky, with flames shooting through the iron roof, Mrs Mabood then had a barefoot 1km trek on a track to her parent's home on the next property.

"I walked into an electric fence, along the track in the dark," she said.

By the time they arrived she was suffering shock, her mother Robyn Mathers said.

Her father rang Triple-0 as Mrs Mathers rang her son who lived nearby for help.

Firefighters from the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSE attended the scene and managed to stop it spreading. On Sunday morning, Mrs Mabood stood by the charred ruins of her former home.

Her husband Israr is working in Sydney and the couple decided he would stay there as they are a one income family.

"I'm devastated to have lost everything," she said, her eyes filling with tears.

"My phone, purse, licence, the kids toys and clothes, all our furniture, my husband's cricket gear, our car keys, everything."

Her parents said they appreciated the support from the local community.

"People we know and strangers have been wonderful," Mr Mathers said.

"People's generosity is overwhelming and we are very grateful."

Anyone interested in helping the family get back on their feet can contact Mrs Mathers on 0412 121 571.



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