Firefighters battle blaze at Maroochy River
Firefighters battle blaze at Maroochy River Bianca Stone

Neighbour says shed fire victims 'the nicest people'

UPDATE 9.30AM: A neighbour to a Maroochy River property where a home and workshop burnt down has described the victims as "the nicest people" and was saddened by their loss.

The neighbour heard explosions from a Warrener Pl property after fire was reported about 5am Monday.

The homeowners lived in a unit built inside the shed, which also served as a hobby workshop for restoring cars. 

Firefighters said a neighbour had called the property owner to alert him to the fire.

He was able to get one vehicle away from the fire but firefighters said at least three cars and a bus could not be saved.

"It's sad news," the neighbour said.

"They would help anyone in the neighbourhood."

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services North Coast officer Acting Inspector Warren Hunter said the shed had been set up for panel beating and spray painting.

He said firefighting hazards included oxy-acetylene cylinders as well as other pressure vessels and LPG cylinders.

A resident at the property helped firefighters determine the possible risks inside the shed after the flames were extinguished.

Water trucks had to be sourced to service the rural property as there was no reticulate supply.

Act Insp Hunter said the fire was not being treated as suspicious.

He said fire investigators and police would work to determine the cause.

The property owner declined to be interviewed.

UPDATE 8.47AM: A large industrial shed has been destroyed after a fire tore through the property earlier this morning.

Emergency crews raced to the Maroochy River panel beaters just after 5am this morning, after the shed was discovered engulfed by flames. 


Nine crews worked for over two hours to get the blaze under control, but the 30x15 metre shed was destroyed in the inferno. 

Several gas cylinders at the Warrener Place property exploded, and were quickly removed by fire crews to prevent further damage. 

 

Firefighters debrief after extinguishing a shed fire at a Maroochy River property.
Firefighters debrief after extinguishing a shed fire at a Maroochy River property.

Four fire crews are still at the Maroochy River property, dampening hot spots. 

Paramedics remain on scene. 

UPDATE 7.46AM: AN INDUSTRIAL property has been severely damaged after fire tore through their property early this morning. 

Emergency services raced to Maroochy River just after 5am this morning amid reports that a 30x15 metre shed at a panel beaters had been engulfed in flames.

Explosions could be heard, caused by numerous gas bottles located on the property.

Fire crews have now extinguished the blaze, but crews are still working at the Warrener Place property to make the scene safe.

No people have been found inside the building, but the shed has been severely damaged because of the fire.

Neighbour Melinda Hammond Dore said the panel beaters had "a lot of vintage cars in there." 

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman said that no people were found inside the building.

UPDATE 6.56AM: Nine crews are fighting a massive fire that has engulfed an industrial shed on the Sunshine Coast.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at a panel beaters in Maroochy River just after 5am this morning.

Firefighters have now gained access to the inside of the 30x15 metre shed, and are working internally and externally to bring the fire under control.

A QAS spokeswoman said that there are reportedly no occupants involved in the fire at this stage, but QAS remain on stand by. 

Police are also on scene.

Fire crews are battling a fire at a panel beaters on Warrener Pl, Maroochy River.
Fire crews are battling a fire at a panel beaters on Warrener Pl, Maroochy River.

BREAKING: Fire crews are battling a massive blaze on the Sunshine Coast.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire just after 5am this morning, arriving to the Maroochy River property to discover a large industrial shed ablaze.

Several gas cylinders are located on the Warrener Place property. Some have exploded because of the fire, but the seven fire crews currently on scene have worked to isolate the cylinders from the blaze.

The eight crews, made up of four pump crews and multiple crews from the rural fire brigade, are currently working to get the fire under control.

Firefighters are yet to gain access to the inside of the 30x15 metre shed, and are unable to confirm if any people are trapped inside.

Paramedics and police are also on scene.



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