Flames gut Kingaroy Street house

Firefighters scrambled to bring the blaze under control. Picture: Daniel Pelcl 265364_03

by Julian Lehnert

UPDATE:

A fire has torn through a residential building on Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy this morning, gutting the house as firefighters scrambled to protect neighbouring structures.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews attended the scene of the blaze in the centre of town at approximately 6:50am today, 19 January, as smoke and flames quickly began to billow out of a window on the side of the property.

A QFES spokesperson said that the house, a 20 metre by 10 metre brick dwelling, was fully involved in fire when crews arrived; two firefighters equipped with breathing apparatus began putting out the fire shortly after 7am.

At approximately 7:55am, QFES crews began dampening down hotspots in the smouldering building follwed by a clean-up of debris at 8:10am; the fire was reportedly extinguished by 8:45am and crews worked to make the area safe until leaving the scene at 10:20am.

The spokesperson confirmed that five QFES crews were on scene, joined by Queensland Ambulance Service personnel and local police officers.

Witnesses at the scene reported and QFES and QPS spokespersons confirmed that all three occupants of the building managed to evacuate before the fire consumed the house.

The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

EARLIER:

A fire has torn through a residential building on Kingaroy Street, Kingaroy this morning, gutting the house as firefighters scramble to protect neighbouring structures.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews attended the scene of the blaze in the centre of town at approximately 6:50am today, 19 January, as smoke and flames quickly began to billow out of a window on the side of the property.

As of writing, five QFES crews are on scene, joined by Queensland Ambulance Service personnel and local police officers.

Witnesses at the scene reported all occupants of the building managed to evacuate before the fire consumed the house.

More to come.