Two people died while one young woman escaped the fire which destroyed a Beachmere house yesterday.
Two people died while one young woman escaped the fire which destroyed a Beachmere house yesterday. Sheree Echlin

Woman escapes deadly inferno

A YOUNG woman is recovering in hospital after escaping a fire in her Beachmere home which killed her partner and her aunt.

The 24-year-old is in the intensive care unit of Prince Charles Hospital with extensive burns after fleeing the fire which destroyed her two-storey fibro and timber Moreton Tce home shortly after 2.30am.

The force of the fire left a gutted shell and blew out the windows of a car parked in the driveway.

Neighbours who tried to extinguish the flames told how the woman, believed to be named Renae, climbed through a window and on to the home's back veranda but was forced to jump to safety when she encountered a wall of flames on the back stairs. Her partner, who neighbours referred to as Nick, died in the blaze along with the woman's aunt who is believed to have arrived for a visit only hours before the tragedy.

The injured woman's six-year-old daughter is believed to have left on Friday to spend the school holidays with her grandmother.

Queensland Fire and Rescue's inspector Neil Francis said the house was well alight when fire fighters arrived about 2.40am.

“We had been told that two people were missing and probably still inside the house when we got there,” he said.

Detective Senior Sergeant Bruce McNab confirmed two bodies had been found inside the home.

“We do not know at this stage what caused the fire but an investigation will be undertaken by QPS Scenes of Crime officers and QFRS officers,'' he said.



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