A local family has lost everything in a ferocious fire that swept through their rented unit on Musgrave St nearly two weeks ago.
Nursultan Pervaz, Tolga Capanoglu and their eight-year-old daughter Almira have been left with just the clothes on their back after an electrical fault sparked the blaze around 5:30 pm on Thursday October 28.
Suzie and Tolga Capanoglu with their daughter Almira.
The Turkish immigrants, who’ve lived in Mosman for seven years, were not insured.
Speaking exclusively with Mosman Collective, a devastated Nursultan (also known as Suzie) said her family are in emergency accommodation until November 19, after which time they are “out on their own”.
“We have nowhere to go after November 19,” she said, “the fire was not our fault – but the real estate agent said we are out on our own and must find a new flat to rent.”
“I don’t know what to do. We have been left destitute.”
The ferocious blaze has destroyed everything the family own, after emigrating to Australia from Turkey.
Luckily, the family were not at home when the fire started.
Suzie said her husband and daughter, a Year 2 student at Mosman Public School, left home briefly at 5 pm to attend a local hairdresser while she was at work.
“I have to catch the bus to work at Warringah Mall and feel very blessed that my Manager drove me home to Mosman when I got a phone call about the fire,” she said.
“I was in shock when I saw the damage in our home, I broke down and cried.
“Everything we own was either destroyed by fire, water or smoke. You never think these things will happen to you, but bad luck visited us that day.”
The family had rented the Musgrave St flat for the past seven years.
Police and NSW Fire officers said it’s likely the blaze started in an en-suite.
“The fire caused around $200,000 worth of damage, and all occupants of the building were evacuated,” North Shore Police Area Command spokesperson said.
“One unit was extensively damaged, and another was partially damaged.”