Neighbours rush to fight early morning house fire

THE INFERNO: Neighbours awoke to a crackle and a hot orange glow. Photo Contributed by Justin Russell
THE INFERNO: Neighbours awoke to a crackle and a hot orange glow. Photo Contributed by Justin Russell Photo Contributed

AN ELECTRICAL fault is being blamed for a fire which destroyed a house in Warwick early Saturday morning.

Fire crews were called to the blaze at the east Grafton St address just after 3am.

Neighbour Shilo Novley said she and her family had been woken by loud crackling noises and the fire's bright orange glow.

"I woke up just before 3am and originally thought it was our house on fire, the heat was so intense," Ms Novley said.

After waking their children, the young family tried to douse the empty rental property with a garden hose as they waited for fire fighters to arrive.

"We started at their house but it was just too late," she said.

Her partner then hosed down their own home as fire crews arrived.

"The firies were really good," Ms Novley said. "It only took the six minutes to arrive on scene. They evacuated us and all of the neighbours."

A police officer who spotted the fire while on evening rounds also helped the fire fighting effort.

"I have the highest praise for them," she said.

The property owner, believed to be a young Brisbane woman, occasionally frequented the residence while renovating.

"I have sent her pictures," Ms Novley said.

"She was just as concerned about everyone else's property. We are all just glad nobody got hurt."

A police spokeswoman said investigators believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault but it was still unclear where it started.

"The incident is not being treated as suspicious," she said.



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