Firefighters battle the flames at a house fire at Yarwun on Monday
Firefighters battle the flames at a house fire at Yarwun on Monday

Blaze destroys Yarwun home



FIRE gutted a house at Yarwun overnight Monday, leaving not much more than a burned-out shell.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service received an emergency call at 10.28pm on Monday night and arrived at the Calliope River Road house to find it well alight.

Two fire units from Gladstone, one from Calliope and rural brigade units (Westowe) responded within minutes but were unable to save the dwelling.

The house was extensively damaged with the seat of the fire appearing to be concentrated at the front of the home.

It took about two hours to bring the fire under control with the blaze totally extinguished at 12.35am.

THE occupants of the property were not at home at the time of the fire and were unavailable for comment yesterday.

Fire investigators indicated that the house was extensively damaged in the front living areas and also sustained severe smoke and water damage throughout.

Witnesses reported flames from around the verandah and front of the home, but by the time emergency services arrived the fire had taken hold.

Queensland Fire and Rescue investigators are yet to determine the actual cause of the blaze and are waiting on findings from Queensland Police scientific officers, expected to arrive from Brisbane yesterday, before commenting further on the possible cause.

Detective Sergeant Troy Lehmann of Gladstone CIB, said until scientific officers had investigated he was unable to offer comment on the cause of the fire.

Fire investigator, Harry Tattersall said it was his job as an investigator to establish the cause of the fire in an effort to prevent similar events occurring at other properties and to educate both emergency service per- sonnel and the public about how to prevent further incidents.

Residents can have a 'Safe Home Visit' conducted by Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.

This involves officers coming to your home and pointing out potential fire hazards and ways to reduce your risk.

Call 1300 369 003.



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