An ‘overwhelmed’ mum said her son ‘sobbed’ when Liverpool FC star Jamie Carragher stepped in to help her family after a house fire.

Lisa Emmett ‘lost everything’ when her house in Halewood caught fire after being struck by lightning during a storm last week.

The mum-of-three was at home with her children when the roof, loft and landing caught fire in the freak accident.

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Now the mum and her partner Neil Clarke are left without possessions and have been told it could be six months before they can return home.

After hearing about the family losing all of their clothes, charity Kit It Out posted for help on Twitter.

Children of Lisa Emmett and Neil Clarke, Jack Clarke 9, Mila Clarke 7 and Albi 19 months
Lisa and her partner Neil with their children, Jack Clarke 9, Mila Clarke 7 and Albi 19 months

Much to their surprise, Jamie Carragher reached out to say he would donate £3,000 to the family for the children to get new clothes.

The 35-year-old, from Halewood, said she ‘thought it was a wind up’ at first and didn’t ‘believe it.’

Lisa told the ECHO: "I had nothing to do with it, one of my friends from work got in contact with Kit It Out and we were overwhelmed with the support.

"They posted on Twitter and Jamie Carragher got in contact and said he’d donated £3,000 because we'd lost everything.

"My son, he sobbed for half an hour, he trained with LFC academy for a couple of years and is the biggest Liverpool fan you'll ever meet.

"When I told him he didn't believe it , he was so happy he said ‘I can’t believe that he has helped us.'

"His dad was over the moon too. I thought it was a wind up to be honest because you don't think anything like that is going to happen and for someone like that to offer that help for the kids were just overwhelmed and very grateful."

Lisa said that not only Jamie Carragher but friends, family and other local strangers have been very kind.

She added: "We’ve had so many offers of support and help in different ways, it's not all monetary because we’ve lost more than just possessions.

Lisa Emmett and Neil Clarke, from Halewood
Lisa Emmett and Neil Clarke, from Halewood

"We’d never ask for anything but so many people have offered and we’re so grateful.

"We’d just have struggled through otherwise but everyone has really helped.

"We are so very grateful for every single message and bit of support we have received."

Lisa, Neil and their children Jack, 9, Mila, 7 and Albi 19-months are now staying in hotels and living out of their car.

She added: "We’ve not got access to the house because it’s unstable and they’ve said there is a slim chance of salvaging anything.

"We’ve just got so much to do and replace but we’re just taking each day as it comes.

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"Because we’re hotel hopping we can only have what we can fit in the car, so we’re just taking each day as it comes."

The house caught fire on Wednesday, July 28, and more than 30 Merseyside fire fighters rushed to the scene.

When emergency services arrived the house roof was well alight, however Lisa said the landing was also on fire after the loft hatch fell onto the first floor.

At the time of the lightning strike, Lisa said it was only 'spitting' and Jack and Mila were playing in the garden.

The children had made a den by putting an empty swimming pool over their swing set.

Lisa said: "To be honest it started as a normal day, I'd been the gym, come back , done kids dinner and was cleaning up and kids were playing in the garden. It was only spitting at this point, I wouldn't let them play out in thunder and lightning.

"Then there was an almighty bang, I can't even describe, it was the loudest thing I've ever heard.

Children of Lisa Emmett and Neil Clarke, Jack Clarke 9, Mila Clarke 7 and Albi 19 months
Children of Lisa Emmett and Neil Clarke, Jack Clarke 9, Mila Clarke 7 and Albi 19 months

"I've ran into the garden to grab the kids, the two of them were white.

"Then I shut the backdoor and was giving them a cuddle, then I just smelt burning.

"Even at that point I didn't think there was a fire, but when I looked up from the bottom of stairs I saw the loft hatch had blown down and the loft and landing was on fire, the burning loft hatch had fallen on the the landing."

Lisa said by the time she noticed and ran out of the house with the children, neighbours had started to rally around.

Some neighbours even tried to put out the fire themselves until the fire service arrived.

She added: "I've seen the fire and just told them to run and the neighbours seen seen what happened an they all rallied around.

"People were all out of their houses and some neighbours were trying to extinguish it, which was silly looking back but I was grateful."