Ceilings collapse at home

The ceiling of the family area came down.

A family of four including a heavily pregnant woman have been left in despair after the kitchen ceiling of their Berwick home collapsed on Mother’s Day.

Narre Warren SES volunteers were called to the XM single storey home about 2pm near Thornley Drive and O’Shead Road on Sunday 12 May.

SES crew leader, Dianne Markham said the garage ceiling had also partially collapsed, resulting in one of the family’s cars being stuck.

“After assessing the scene for risks and hazards we judged the house to be unsafe,” she said.

“We then went about helping the family of four to retrieve basic clothing, toiletries, medication, school uniforms and paperwork.”

Ms Markham said the family were new to the country and “had nowhere to turn” until neighbours reached out to help.

“The neighbours, who they’d never met before, heard me asking if they had any relatives or friends they could stay with. When they’d heard that there was no-one, they kindly stepped in and offered their spare bedroom and another room,” she said.

“This will be a Mother’s Day that many of us will remember,” Narre Warren SES posted on their Facebook page.