‘Is my hus­band alive?’

Fire vic­tim’s first words af­ter wak­ing from coma

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - JACK HAR­BOUR jack.har­bour@news.com.au

THE woman crit­i­cally in­jured in a fire that de­stroyed her Gold Coast home woke from her coma this week to ask if her hus­band was still alive.

On re­gain­ing con­scious­ness at Royal Bris­bane Hos­pi­tal, Bris­bane, on Wed­nes­day, Liane Breeze im­me­di­ately asked about hus­band Michael, 55.

“Mick is still in his coma so hope­fully he wakes up any day now,” a close friend said.

The Breezes were both badly burnt when their Woron­gary home went up in flames early Sun­day morn­ing. The fam­ily lost their husky dog and three pet cats.

An­other fam­ily was lucky to es­cape se­ri­ous in­jury af­ter fire ripped through a Labrador prop­erty on Thurs­day night.

Mother-of-two Sa­man­tha Moore, 49, suf­fered burns to the face and hair when her Gov­ern­ment Road du­plex went up in flames about 11pm.

She, along with her two teenage sons and an­other boy who was stay­ing for a sleep­over, were rushed to hos­pi­tal.

Ms Moore’s ex-hus­band Mike Moore said he was shocked to wake to the news the fam­ily’s home had been par­tially de­stroyed.

“They’re all fine. I’ve just been up the hos­pi­tal,” he said yes­ter­day.

“She’s got burns on her face, singed hair, but the boys are OK – a bit of smoke in­hala­tion.

“They tried to ring me last night but I had my phone on the set­tee as I was in bed.

“I got a ring this morn­ing from a pri­vate num­ber and she just said that the house burnt down.

“It’s ter­ri­ble … when you look at it, it looks ter­ri­ble from the front.”

When fire­fight­ers ar­rived, the du­plex was “well in­volved”.

It took two crews about an hour to get the blaze un­der con­trol.

A Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice spokes­woman said the dam­age to the prop­erty was “sub­stan­tial”.

A Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice team in­ves­ti­gated the blaze yes­ter­day.

The cause of the blaze is un­con­firmed.

Mr Moore said he thought his ex-wife would re­cover but was told the prop­erty was not in­sured.

“They’re just rent­ing … ap­par­ently the owner’s not in­sured,” he said.

The charred re­mains of Liane and Michael Breeze’s Woron­gary home.

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