De­struc­tive house fire finds sec­ond wind

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

FIRE crews thought their work was done af­ter ex­tin­guish­ing a de­struc­tive house fire at Lai­d­ley, but were called back to the scene less than four hours later.

It is sus­pected de­bris un­der a fallen bath­tub caused the house fire on Short St to reignite af­ter the blaze was ex­tin­guished early on Fe­bru­ary 6.

Queens­land Fire Emer­gency Ser­vices Lai­d­ley Fire Sta­tion cap­tain Craig Bar­rett said crews were called back to the scene about 8am.

“We packed up and thought we were right but we got a call back be­cause of a flare-up,” Mr Bar­rett said.

“We think where the bath­tub had fallen down­stairs there was some de­bris un­der­neath it that we didn’t get enough wa­ter on last night.”

Emer­gency ser­vices in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of the fire were at the scene when the fire started to smoul­der.

Mr Bar­rett said the house was de­stroyed.

“When we ar­rived the house was fully in­volved,” he said.

“The floor has fallen through and most of it has col­lapsed, the down­stairs wall on one side has fallen out and the roof has caved in at the back.”

The cause of the fire was yet to be de­ter­mined.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

BURNT: An early morn­ing fire has de­stroyed a house at Lai­d­ley.

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