Published: April 29, 2009
Brean couple's new home rises from the ashes after blaze heartbreak

Long-awaited work to re-build a Brean couple's home that was completely destroyed by fire last year has begun this week. reported last November that a devastating fire had swept through the wooden chalet owned by Brean beach warden Ron Sharrard and his wife Angela.

Fire crews from across the county tackled the blaze, but they could not save the property.

Although the couple are still waiting for final insurance compensation, building work has got underway at the spot next to Brean Down, as pictured here.

Ron, pictured, told "The builders have had to start from scratch and have been putting in the foundations over the last few days."

"The house is at long last starting to take shape. After many months without a proper home, we're both so relieved to see the building work going ahead."

He added that the work is expected to take around three months to complete.

Despite the traumatic fire, the couple married in Brean in December in front of family, friends and supporters. Following a community fundraising campaign, the grateful couple were presented with a pair of honeymoon tickets in January worth £560.


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