Fast response to house fire
PROSERPINE’S auxiliary fire-fighters were on the scene within minutes when fire took hold of a house on Ann Street on Monday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the fire about 3pm.
Officer in charge of the Proserpine Police Station Sergeant Nathan Blain said no-one was home when the fire started and it was fortunate that quick-thinking neighbours who saw smoke coming from the windows called 000.
“The fire is not being treated as suspicious. It would appear an electrical fault in a fan may have caused the fire,” he said.
Neighbours Brian Broucek and Jo Anderson said they heard “a big bang” and rushed outside to see smoke.
They said Council workers on the street were among the first to spring into action, towing a boat in the driveway away from harm.
Meanwhile, Kassie Robinson was in the park with her two children, Katarna (6) and Mylie (4), unaware that her home was on fire.
When she returned to her car, Mrs Robinson said there were multiple text messages on her mobile phone. Her husband Brett had also been notified.
Mr and Mrs Robinson returned to their street to find two fire trucks and about 10 fire-fighters at their house.
Officer in charge of the Proserpine Fire Station Captain Michael Sunderland said while the house was not immediately inhabitable the fire was caught just in time.
“If it had been left much longer it would have been uncontrollable I believe,” he said.
Mrs Robinson, who is expecting a baby in December, was understandably devastated when confronted with the sight, but managed a smile through her tears when fire-fighters rescued ‘Bunny’, a soft toy her daughter Katarna had owned since birth. The family’s two dogs and cat were also unharmed.
UNDER CONTROL: Fire-fighters at the scene of a house fire on Ann Street on Monday afternoon.