Gayndah man dies in horrific accident
It is believed the chair ignited after a cigarette was dropped
Michael Richards I came over and saw that he was fully alight back and front, I got the hose.
A 76-YEAR-OLD Gayndah man died after he was engulfed by flames at his home and sustained burns to 85% of his body.
RACQ Care Flight airlifted Neville Stark, who was in critical condition, to Royal Brisbane Hospital on Thursday where he later died.
Neighbours rushed to Mr Stark’s aid and used a hose to douse the flames.
Michael Richards was one of the first people to help Mr Stark and said by the time he got there, he was engulfed in flames.
“I noticed billowing smoke,” Mr Richards said.
“I came over and saw that he was fully alight back and front, I got the hose.”
It is believed Mr Stark dropped a cigarette onto his foam inlayed chair which caught alight at a rapid rate.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said it was remarkable Mr Stark was still conscious when they arrived at his home.
The QAS spokesperson said it appeared that the foam couch was of a highly flammable material which caused it to burn at a rapid rate.
Mr Richards wanted to commend the bravery of other neighbours who helped Mr Stark as best they could.
“I would like to say that it was a combined effort on all that were present,” Mr Richards said.
“Thelma Bernie was straight onto the phone for the ambulance while others who were present helped to keep the hose on Neville.”
Mr Richards said they all kept reassuring Mr Stark that all would be okay.
“Another neighbour picked up Neville’s dog and informed Neville’s family of what had happened,” Mr Richards said.
Mr Richards said that the retirement village was a small but close knit group of men and women.
Mr Stark’s funeral is scheduled for Friday, June 3.
COUCH IGNITES: A Gayndah man has died after he suffered significant burns after he dropped a cigarette on the couch he was sitting on and it burst into flames.