A MAROOCHYDORE unit was damaged by fire and smoke during an incident on Duporth Ave this afternoon.

Residents at the three-storey Monterey unit complex had to evacuate after the alarm was raised about 4.30pm.

Kerri McKenzie, who lives at the building, said she heard an alarm before seeing smoke.

"I just screamed to my husband," Mrs McKenzie said.

She and other residents evacuated.

"I don't really know what happened."

Maroochydore fire station officer Cameron Herbert said firefighters encountered thick black smoke when they entered a ground floor unit at the front of the property.

They were able to bring the fire under control very quickly.

Firefighters get some fresh air after battling a fire in the kitchen area of a ground floor unit at the Monterey complex in Duporth Ave, Maroochydore.
Firefighters get some fresh air after battling a fire in the kitchen area of a ground floor unit at the Monterey complex in Duporth Ave, Maroochydore. Stuart Cumming

"Early indications are it could be from the kitchen area but further investigations once we have cleared the unit of smoke and hazards should give us some more answers of what happened," Mr Cameron said.

"There was nobody at home at the time so no persons have been injured."

He said a lady in wheelchair who was in a unit above the fire was helped to safety without incident.

"All of the other units were unaffected from damage.

"The fire and smoke was contained to that ground floor unit."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.



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