Elec­tri­cal fault caused fire that gut­ted Al­lies Creek prop­erty

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

AN OLD sawmill prop­erty in Al­lies Creek was de­stroyed by a house fire that broke out ear­lier this week.

Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices per­son­nel were the first on scene to help ex­tin­guish the blaze.

QFES spokesper­son Brad Gard­ner said the prop­erty re­ceived “sig­nif­i­cant struc­tural dam­age and could not be saved”.

The in­ci­dent was due to an elec­tri­cal fault, with no in­juries recorded.

Mundubbera police Act­ing Sergeant Rob­bie Yarrow said the in­ci­dent was deemed not sus­pi­cious.

“The fire was caused by an elec­tri­cal fault and there­fore we will not be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case any fur­ther,” Sgt Yarrow said.

Queens­land Am­bu­lance, police and Er­gon En­ergy at­tended the scene.

Prop­erty owner Natali Wil­liams said she wasn’t at the prop­erty when the fire oc­curred.

“I was in town at­tend­ing church when the fire brigade gave me a call,” Ms Wil­liams said.

“It was a lucky thing no­body was in­jured and ev­ery­one came out in one piece.”

Ms Wil­liams said she would not re­build.

“I live in two dif­fer­ent places, there’s no need to re­build,” she said.

The Al­lies Creek sawmill lo­cated 70km south of Mundubbera was sold to the state govern­ment in 2008, re­sult­ing in 70 work­ers los­ing their jobs.

Ms Wil­liams is hop­ing to sell the prop­erty some­time this year.

PHOTO: DANIEL CLARKE

COULDN’T BE SAVED: The old sawmill prop­erty was com­pletely de­stroyed by fire on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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