Dad fighting for life after house fire ‘doesn’t know wife and children are dead’

Dad fighting for life after house fire ‘doesn’t know wife and children are dead’

A dad who was severely injured in a house fire that killed his wife and children still doesn’t know they’re dead, according to a friend.

RAF engineer Gavin Collison, 34, is still fighting for life after the inferno that claimed the lives of wife Justine, 33, daughter Izzy, eight, and son Harvey, five. 

A family friend said: "Gavin is still critically ill and hasn’t yet been told that his family has died.

"Justine’s mum survived without a mark on her but will be emotionally scarred forever."

Gavin had uploaded a heartbreaking Facebook status shortly before the fire about his love for his family.

Alongside a selection of photos from a recent trip to London, he wrote: "A few holiday highlights from our family trip to London. Oh so tiring but worth it! #familylove."

The fire ripped through the family home in Collingham, Nottinghamshire on December 15.

Locals originally needles from a Christmas tree may have been ignited by the heat from electric lights.


But a family friend told the Mirror that festive decorations had been ruled out as a cause.

The friend said: “There has been speculation that it was the Christmas tree but I can say that’s not the case.

“We still don’t know what caused it but a few things have been ruled out and that was one of them.”

Meanwhile, more than £22,500 has been raised to pay the funerals of Mrs Collison and the children following an appeal on Facebook by relative Lisa Ball.


She posted, according to Lincolnshire Live: "Any funds raised will go to her husband and her mum to help pay for the funeral costs and to support the family. Anything that anyone can donate will be much appreciated."

Locals originally needles off a Christmas tree may have been ignited by the heat from electric lights.

Justine’s mum Diane Fletcher, 53, who also lived with the family, survived unharmed.

Friends in Devon, where they previously lived, have set up a fundraising campaign for the family.

Friends who knew Justine described her as a “ray of sunshine’” with a “pure heart of gold”.

To donate to the family’s fund, click here.

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