Elderly couple’s home gutted in blaze
THE home of an elderly Lockyer Valley couple has been destroyed in a house fire that caused the tiled roof to collapse.
Firefighters, including six crews, arrived at the Carpendale address yesterday and contained the blaze within an hour.
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While both residents were home at the time and suffered no injuries, the low-set brick home on Gormans Road was gutted.
When the first fire crew arrived about 10.20am, the home was already “fully involved” in fire.
Acting Inspector Fire and Rescue Gatton Tim Birchmann said the house had been extensively damaged.
“The roof has collapsed – it’s basically the shell of the home that’s left now,” Insp Birchmann said.
It is still unclear as to how the fire began but the cause is under investigation.
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Insp Birchmann said working smoke alarms were key to the couple’s successful escape and said it had potentially saved their lives.
“They safely exited the building due to working smoke alarms,” he said.
“I want to urge residents of the importance of working smoke alarms.”
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