Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

House Gutted in Fire; Witnesses Say Blaze Too Hot to Get Near

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

House Gutted in Fire; Witnesses Say Blaze Too Hot to Get Near

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Byline: Jim Alouat

A FIERCE fire tore through a Marybrough St house on Saturday evening, engulfing the property within minutes.

The fire started just before 7pm with witnesses claiming flames were up to 30m in the air.

Occupants of the two-storey back-packer accommodation, near Hinkler Central, were seen by neighbours fleeing the burning home.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman said because the structure was a total loss and it would be unsafe to enter, the likelihood of finding the cause at this stage was slim.

"It will be next to impossible to find the cause of the fire," he said.

Wide Bay QAS senior supervisor Martin Kelly said luckily no one was injured.

"Most of our work is about making sure the firies are okay," he said.

Neighbours at the scene told the NewsMail they believed a fire alarm alerted the occupants who managed to escape the burning house.

A witness at the fire said the heat was so intense she couldn't get anywhere near the house. …

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