Fire fighters at the house fire at Barney Point last night that saw a father and his sons make a lucky escape.
Fire fighters at the house fire at Barney Point last night that saw a father and his sons make a lucky escape. Mike Richards GLA130916FIRE

'Hands burning': Police investigate Barney Pt house fire

A FATHER and his two sons were lucky to escape from a fire at their Barney Point home yesterday afternoon.

At 4.45pm the fire started, sending black smoke through the roof at the back of the Ryalls St home.

>> As it happened: Ryalls St house fire

In what has been dubbed as a "great result" the tenant was able to get himself and his two sons out, with his only injury being burns to his hand.

Ryalls St resident Dianne Osborne cared for his two sons for about two hours while their dad was taken away by paramedics.

 

Today an investigation will start into how the fire ignited.

"I walked outside and the renter had just come out on the driveway," Ms Osborne said.

"His hands were burning and the kids didn't have any clothes on, so I said I'd look after them.

"I've grabbed them some clothes, but they are very quiet," she said.

Gladstone fire and emergency services station officer Dale Iwanicki said the fire caused "extensive damage" to the home.

"He was able to get (his sons) out safely straight away ... That's a great result," he said.

The fire started in the back bedroom and blew out two windows.

It's not the first time the Ryalls St home has been the scene of a house fire.

Brett Hellmuth, a Barney Point resident, said more than 15 years ago there was a fire that started in the kitchen in the same home.



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