Grieving widow’s house destroyed by heatwave fire while she was at her husband’s funeral

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A grieving woman suffered a double heartache when her house was destroyed by a heatwave blaze while she was at her husband’s funeral.

Julie Lane was at the service paying her respects to spouse Chris, 64, when their semi-detached home was gutted.

Firefighters battled to bring it under control as the country was hit by record 40.3C temperatures on Tuesday afternoon.

But 55-year-old widow Julie lost everything.

Childminder Julie said today: “We were at the funeral and we saw the smoke in the sky. Someone said it was coming from the direction of my house. I’ve had an emotional few days.

“It is the worst you can imagine, but then double it.”

Yet, she added: “But I still in my heart I think there are people worse off than me. I have a loving family around me.”

The cause of the fire to her home in Woodley, Berkshire, is being investigated.

Julie and relatives were at Chris’ funeral just two miles away at Reading Cemetery Crematorium when it took hold.

The neighbouring house was also damaged by the fire.

Her son Alex Honor-Lane and his partner Megan Warren have set up a fundraising page which has already reached almost £10,000 in donations.

He said: “Please if anyone can help my poor mum and wonderful neighbours at this time it would be much appreciated.

“There are no words, just an unbelievable day.”

“The day of her husband’s funeral, she has lost everything she owns in a ferocious fire.

“The houses are all beyond repair and looks like very little will be recovered. Thankfully nobody was hurt but now Julie and her wonderful neighbours who have two young children have to re-build their entire lives.

“So please anything you can donate to help the two families would be so unbelievably generous and we cannot thank everyone enough for their support so far.”