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Donations pour in for Flat Bush victims

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/12/2016

Donations are pouring in for the surviving family members of south Auckland's Flat Bush house fire which killed three people.

Refugee council of New Zealand member and secretary Kailesh Thanabalasingham, 47, survived Thursday morning's fire, which killed his five year-old son, 39-year-old wife and 66-year-old mother-in-law.

Mr Thanabalasingham's 11-year-old daughter survived the blaze, along with his 69-year-old father-in -law.

He was in a critical but stable condition in Middlemore Hospital on Friday.

His daughter and father-in-law were discharged on Thursday.

A Givealittle page, set up by group Refugees as Survivors NZ, had raised more than $44,835 by Friday evening.

Mr Thanabalasingham worked tirelessly for the Refugee Council, helping refugees and asylum seekers, the page said.

He was a prominent member of the Sri Lankan community while his wife and father-in-law were Canadian citizens, NZME reports.

The fire is not believed to be suspicious and investigators are trying to discover what sparked the blaze which destroyed the two-storey home.

Members of his extended family in Canada are expected to arrive in New Zealand on Saturday.

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