Fanny St resident Mickell Brock's rented duplex was severely damaged after a fire in a wheelie bin spread through her home.
Fanny St resident Mickell Brock's rented duplex was severely damaged after a fire in a wheelie bin spread through her home. Stuart Cumming

Pregnant woman loses all in Toowoomba fire

A MINDLESS act has left a pregnant Toowoomba woman homeless and without a clue what to do next.

Mickell Borck's rented duplex unit caught fire early yesterday after a wheelie bin fire, which police believed was deliberately lit, spread to the front of her North Toowoomba home.

Ms Borck, who is 20 weeks pregnant, was staying with her friend Amelia Tester in Helidon when the fire broke out shortly before 3am.

She returned yesterday to a gutted unit, salvaging what fire-fighters had been able to save.

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It has come a huge blow for the 32-year-old, who only three years ago underwent two lots of surgery as well as radiation therapy for cancer in her neck and spine.

Ms Borck did not want to speak at length about the destruction of her home, only saying she didn't know what she was going to do next.

"I haven't gone in there yet," Ms Borck said.

Her friend Ms Tester was grateful Ms Borck had come to Helidon for a visit.

"It is just lucky she wasn't there and lucky it's not her fault," Ms Tester said.

She said her friend had battled well against a few setbacks, but would need help to replace all she had lost in the fire.

Fire-fighters extinguished the blaze before it completely engulfed the unit or spread to other nearby units.

There was evidence that a bin in front of a neighbouring unit had also been set alight.

Police were yesterday speaking with a man about the fire.

Darling Downs' district officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hart said the fires were being treated as suspicious.

Meanwhile, Ms Tester urged anyone who could help her friend to get in touch.

Ms Tester can be contacted on 0422 846 882.
 



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