Child, 9, starts backyard fire on Fraser Coast

A CHILD, 9, was playing with a lighter in his family's home when he accidentally started a fire in the yard.

The rubbish fire happened at a Kawungan address on Saturday morning.

The rubbish pile included items such as clothes and books.

An adult used a garden hose to combat the flames.

When firefighters arrived, the fire was already out. Damage to a fence was recorded.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Spokesperson stressed the importance of not allowing kids to play with lighters or matches.