Maryborough firefighter Adrian Massingham expresses his relief that no one was injured in a blaze at a Torbanlea home on Wednesday.
Maryborough firefighter Adrian Massingham expresses his relief that no one was injured in a blaze at a Torbanlea home on Wednesday. Carlie Walker

UPDATE: Kitchen gutted by fire after Torbanlea blaze

UPDATE, 12PM: A kitchen has been gutted after a house fire in Torbanlea on Wednesday morning.

The fire started about 8am on Burrum River Rd.

Maryborough firefighter Adrian Massingham said crews had responded from the Heritage City, with rural crews from Craignish and Howard-Torbanlea also at the scene.

"Upon arrival there were signs of a slight amount of smoke emitting from the roof of the dwelling," he said.

"After we made entry we've extinguished a small fire in the kitchen area that has also caused damage to the roof of the dwelling.

"There is significant damage internally, particularly to the kitchen area."

Mr Massingham said no one was inside the home at the time.

"Due to its rural location and no water mains available, we had rurals attend as well, in particular with a large tanker of water," he said.

"However they weren't required today due to the minimal size of the fire."

Mr Massingham said at this stage the cause of the blaze was unknown but it was not thought to be suspicious at this time.

"We are investigating," he said.

Mr Massingham said the solar panels on the roof of the home had added an additional dimension of risk for the crews.

"It's very difficult to isolate solar power when its on top of the roof of the house, so power is our number one, and also to ensure there are no occupants inside the building."

He said multiple 000 calls had been made by emergency services by concerned neighbours after the fire started.

Mr Massingham urged people to ensure that smoke alarms were properly installed and working in their homes and to have a fire safety plan in place in case of emergencies.

EARLIER, 8.45AM: Emergency crews have been called to the scene of a house fire in Torbanlea.

The fire started about 8.18am at a home at Burrum River Rd.

Paramedics are at the scene but no patients have been reported at this stage.



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