Shotley man thanks neighbors after dog sets fire

Published:
06:00 2 April 2022



A Shotley man says he is ‘overwhelmed’ after his community rallied around him when a fire ripped through his home.

On February 14, Andy Miley received a phone call at work from a neighbor, telling him that his house was on fire.

Mr Miley, 42, said he thought one of his puppies must have jumped onto his stove to grab some food, hit one of the buttons and start the fire.


Andy thinks one of his dogs may have accidentally turned on a kitchen appliance, starting the fire. Photo: CHARLOTTE BOND
– Credit: Archant


Andy from the Shotley house fire

Andy’s kitchen will need to be replaced after it burned down in the fire. Photo: CHARLOTTE BOND
– Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Thankfully no one was hurt and Mr. Miley’s two dogs are unharmed.

However, her house needed major repairs, including a new roof and a new kitchen.

To make matters worse, some confusion between Mr Miley and his ex-wife meant neither of them had paid for home insurance.

However, his reputation as someone who does what he can to help his community means they have come together to thank his kindness.

“When it first happened, with no home insurance, I thought, oh my god, what am I going to do?” said Mr. Miley.

“When this stuff happens, you think you’re alone. I’m a pretty proud man, I don’t like asking for help.

“But sometimes in these situations, you just have to do it.”


Andy's house is slowly being repaired and renovated, starting with the bedrooms upstairs.

Andy’s house is slowly being repaired and renovated, starting with the bedrooms upstairs.
– Credit: Andy Miley


Andy is grateful to the friends who helped him re-plaster his walls.

Andy is grateful to the friends who helped him re-plaster his walls as the long process of renovation continues.
– Credit: Andy Miley


Andy has started renovating the upstairs rooms while waiting for the kitchen to be replaced

Andy has started renovating the upstairs rooms while waiting for the kitchen to be replaced and says he will come down.
– Credit: Andy Miley

His good friend, Nikita Bones, organize a fundraiser for him, which fetched over £1,800. He was also inundated with offers of help and support.

“People I don’t even know brought food, it’s very nice,” Mr Miley said.

“With what’s going on in the world and people struggling with bills, I think how nice they are to give me money and pieces.

Mr Miley says renovations are underway but it will be a long process as his kitchen cannot yet be replaced.

“The whole roof has been paid for so far, so that’s a big weight that comes to mind.

“I have all the trusses to climb, and a very good friend of mine is going to help me out.”

“The fire did not pass through the house, for which I am very grateful to the firefighters.

“Everyone has pitched in. Words can’t express it, really.

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