A young family will be forced to move hundreds of miles away to stay with relatives if an insurance company continues to withhold emergency funds after a freak incident in which a crane fell through the family home.
Alex Selkrig and her pregnant wife Misty, along with their three children, ages one, two and seven, were left home after the 80-ton crane collapsed on the roof of their Sunshine Coast house on Friday.
It was a terrible ordeal, but no one was miraculously injured.
Alex Selkrig and Misty Hamilton with their children Layklan (7), Riversyn (2) and Bayah (1).
However, the house they moved into just last month to prepare for the arrival of their newest baby has remained completely uninhabitable with no move-in date in sight.
“It is just so hard not to know where we will be and to explain to the children that we do not know when or if we will ever return home,” said Ms. Selkrig, heartbroken.
She said the crane company was “absolutely amazing,” but Mecon Insurance had responded to the family’s calls for help by saying, “Sorry, they can’t offer any specific help at this time.”
She said Mecon left it to the family to find emergency shelter through their real estate agent.
“I think we just expected the insurance company to contact us and offer help, but it didn’t. So we contacted them and learned that they are currently unable to offer us help and that their customer is at fault, we would to do this.” be reimbursed, “said a devastated woman Selkrig.
Three houses were damaged when a crane overturned in Nirimba on Friday afternoon. Image: Patrick Woods.
“It’s just so hard not to know where we will be and to try to explain to the kids that we don’t know when or if we will ever return home.
Ms. Selkrig said she was now forced to make the difficult decision of leaving her nirimba community and bringing her three children to stay with her family in Hervey Bay.
“I don’t want to be away from here, but I have to support my children,” she said.
“I am fighting to support my children because it affects me more and more over time … It has taken an enormous toll on us.”
At the time the crane fell, Tony Hurley, the Sunshine Coast Police Officer, said it was “really a miracle … there were no injuries”.
The incident is being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety and Mecon Insurance has been contacted for comment.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account.
Originally published as New Strike for the Family who were forced out of the house after a crane accident