Fundraiser is launched for family of Exeter house fire victims

An online fundraiser has been launched to raise money for the family of a horrific fire tragedy in Exeter which claimed the lives of a husband and wife, and a four-year-old girl.

Today the couple have been named locally as Dan and Kaylie Rudge, who lived at Clayton Road, off Bonhay Road, in the St David’s area of the city.

A blaze broke out at their home just after 5.30am on Sunday, February 21. Dan was 29 years old and Kaylie was 28.

Two boys aged four and nine, and a seven-year-old girl, who were also in the house at the time of the fire, were transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital yesterday. They were said to be in a stable condition.

All six people who were in the property are related to each other.

Floral tributes left at the scene of the fire
Floral tributes left at the scene of the fire
(Image: Frankie Mills)

Dan was a member of Demons MC North Devon, and the fundraiser has been set up on behalf of the club and friends of the family by Natalie Anderson, of Dawlish.

In less than 24 hours it has already achieved its fundraising target of £4,000.

Natalie said on the GoFundMe appeal page: “As some of you may know or have seen or heard there was a horrific fire at a house in central Exeter in the early hours of Sunday which have left two adults and a four-year-old girl dead.

“Three more young children, all from the same family, are injured and are to be taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital.

“On behalf of friends of the family and the bike club that Dan was a member of, I am helping to set up this GoFundMe page for the family.

“This will help their family cover costs for funerals, travel, childcare and for the other children in the present and the future.

“Please donate what you can for the family at this devastating time, our thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends and of course the children who are currently still in hospital.”

Police and fire crews at the scene of the fire which claimed three lives in Exeter
(Image: Thom Heywood)

Police have confirmed an investigation has been launched, but stated currently there is nothing to indicate any third-party involvement in the matter.

To donate to the GoFundMe appeal please click here

Another fundraiser has been launched by the Estuary League of Friends following the tragic news of the film.

Rachel Gilpin, CEO of the Estuary League of Friends, said on its Facebook appeal: “Tragic news in Exeter. Devastating to their family and friends. We will collect donations in their memory and to support the rest of the family.

“Money donated will be held until needed. Please Exeter show your love and pray for the other children.”

So far the appeal has raised £90. To make a donation click here

Among those who have paid tribute to Daniel and Kaylie is close friend Lauren England.

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She said: “Daniel’s sister is our good friend and neighbour and we used to socialise a few times a week with Daniel and Kaylie.

“We are absolutely devastated and heartbroken not only to lose friends, but to help his sister and family get through this awful time.

“They were such funny, caring and loving individuals, amazing parents to their four beautiful babies.

“They were always there when we needed them the most without any hesitation, they were at our door within minutes, always thinking about everyone else but themselves.

“They will be truly missed and Exeter has gained a huge hole in its heart as they were very popular among the community.

“We hope their souls are at peace and their babies they’ve left behind will be very well taken care of and will never go without love and care from us all.”

Her partner Lauren Willdigg added: “Big love to my best friend and her family, two of my good friends gone too soon.”

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