Firies laud fam­ily in home blaze

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

A RAS­MUSSEN fam­ily have had a lucky es­cape af­ter their house caught fire with them still in­side last night.

The Chan­tilly Ct home caught fire about 7.30pm, with a man and four chil­dren in­side.

Four Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice trucks at­tended the scene and fire­fight­ing crews were able to bring the blaze un­der con­trol by 8.30pm.

Kir­wan Fire Sta­tion man­ager Michael Quin­lan said two rooms in the home were badly dam­aged by the blaze, with the other rooms re­ceiv­ing smoke dam­age.

“The guys went into ac­tion in a smooth man­ner and ex­tin­guished the fire as quickly as pos­si­ble given the cir­cum­stances,” he said. “There was a con­cern, though, that the fire was in the ceil­ing and that it would ac­tu­ally get be­hind the fire­men, so I asked them to keep an eye on didn’t get be­hind.”

Mr Quin­lan praised the fam­ily, who had the pres­ence of mind to turn off the power to the house be­fore evac­u­at­ing.

He said their com­mon sense and safe be­hav­iour made the fire­fight­ers’ job eas­ier.

“They did ev­ery­thing right as far as self- evac­u­at­ing and turn­ing the power off,” he said.

“That’s a good thing for peo­ple to do, self- evac­u­ate, stay well away from the fire. The other thing I can say is make your­self known to the fire ser­vice when we at­tend so we know that it’s you that’s got out of the house.”

The cause of the fire is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

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Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

LUCKY ES­CAPE: Crews at the Ras­mussen fire.

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