Fresh appeal for help for Gary and Claire Arnold who lost everything in a La Cala de Mijas house fire

Incredible community support after locals fundraise for family who lost everything in La Cala de Mijas fire. Image: GoFundMe

INCREDIBLE members of the Costa del Sol community have pulled together to create a GoFundMe page after one La Cala de Mijas family lost “everything” in a house fire. 

Friend Maria Brooke has issued a fresh appeal for funding on their page, saying: “They have lost everything and we are raising money to support the rebuild.  Your support would be appreciated especially if you can share this as much as possible.”

Many will know the popular couple, Gary and Claire Arnold, as for many years they owned The Captains Bar in La Cala. 

After a massive explosion occurred around 9pm on Sunday, January 29 in one of their upstairs bedrooms, the family and their pets were fortunately able to escape the property unharmed but have been left with only the clothes they were wearing. 

Claire explained: “We are lucky that my daughter was out at work as the explosion happened in her bedroom. We didn’t have time to think or to grab anything, everything happened so fast.” It is suspected that the fire started in the chimney of the log burner. 

Sadly the property was not insured as Claire explained: “We tried to get insurance but as the property is a campo house we struggled.” 

When neighbours lost their homes in the 2012 La Cala fires, Gary and Claire held a fundraiser to help them but it is only now they truly understand how devastating the impact is. 

Claire and her family are incredibly appreciative of all the support and kind words received from the local Lions group, friends and neighbours. “Everyone has been so kind. I haven’t had the chance to thank everyone for their support individually as yet but we really do appreciate their kind words and offers.”

Neighbours of the family have set up a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise funds and help the family rebuild the home that they have lived in for twenty years.

The family’s friend, Maria Brooke, said: “These are the kindest people, thoughtful and generous and have always helped others. Please help us to help them, give generously to help us get them back home.”

“The family have lost everything.”

If you can help, please CLICK HERE or head to the GoFundMe page: /

Any and all donations will be gratefully received.

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Anna Ellis

Originally from Derbyshire, Anna has lived in the middle of nowhere on the Costa Blanca for 19 years. She is passionate about her animal family including four dogs and four horses, musicals and cooking.