Marlovians have rallied around a family whose house was destroyed by a fire at the weekend, forcing them to move into temporary accommodation.

Firefighters from Marlow, High Wycombe, Beaconsfield and Maidenhead were called out to Paget Close at 7.09pm on Sunday, where the fire had caused severe damage to the roof space and first floor of the two-storey house.

Since the fire, donations of dozens of items, including clothes, furniture, shoes, food and household goods, have been given to the family, who have reportedly “lost everything”, according to comments on social media.

Asking for donations on a Facebook group, resident Adela Hollingsworth wrote: “I am hoping that as a community we will be able to help the family, as they have lost everything.

“They have been put into temporary accommodation – but it is completely empty.

“I can’t even begin to imagine how they are feeling, losing everything they had worked so hard for.

“If we can even help a little bit to see them through, then it is a step in the right direction for them and a little light in their darkness right now.

“Nobody deserves this – and they didn’t want to have to ask for help, but if you can offer anything then it would be really appreciated.”

Within hours, hundreds of people commented on the post, offering items from DVD players and armchairs, to coffee tables, curtains and clothes.

Organising the collections, Hannah Jones praised the community for its “overwhelming generosity”, saying the family was “extremely grateful” to everyone who had donated.

Following the donations, Adela wrote: “On behalf of the family involved, I would like to say a massive thank you to all the wonderful people that have donated items to help them get by.

“The response to our request for the community to help has been amazing and it’s touching that people have gone out of their way to try and make things a little easier for them as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened.”

Police confirmed they were not treating the fire as arson.