Fast re­sponse to house fire

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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