Family of six displaced by house fire touched by generosity
UPDATE: A couple who lost everything in a house fire overnight have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public in offering support.
James and Amanda Cannon and their four children fled their Glasshouse Mountains rental property with only the clothes they were wearing, when a small fire near two downstairs deepfreezes quickly spread and engulfed the entire house on Sunday afternoon.
"It's just devastating," Amanda said Monday as she surveyed the ruins.
"At least we still have our family, that's all that counts."
Amanda is 39 weeks pregnant - and due to give birth next week to the family's fifth child - so the stress has been an additional hurdle.
Within hours of the fire, however, social media sites had generated over 100 messages of condolences and scores of offers to donate clothing and furniture.
It's been a somewhat positive development from what has been a tragic loss.
"I had no idea that there were so many people - good people - out there prepared to help complete strangers," James' sister Cassie Cannon said
The family is looking for another house to rent in the Glasshouse area.
"Being a big family with pets, it's so hard for them to find a place to live, and to lose a house that they really loved, it's heartbreaking," Cassie said.
To donate to the family, contact Cassie at 0437 734 547.
Resident hears bang as fire engulfs home
NEIGHBOURS reported hearing at least one explosion before fire destroyed a family home in Glasshouse.
Six fire trucks rushed to the property on Old Gympie Rd around 5pm, when flames were seen coming from underneath the house.
"I heard a bang and could see black smoke," one resident of the road said.
She couldn't confirm reports that there may have been three explosions.
"It just all happened so quick. By the time I heard it, you could hear the sirens."
"I'm just glad nobody was hurt."
Inspector Jeff Keating, of Queensland Fire and Rescue, said 90% of the two-storey residence had collapsed due to the blaze.
"A neighbour had tried to extinguish a fire that was in and around the refrigerator on the bottom floor," he said.
He said the building was too unstable for firefighters to begin investigations, adding that officers would spend up to three hours dampening down the ruins.
Six fire trucks attended the scene, but an absence of town water supply meant they were forced to draw from a dam on the property to fight the flames.
Three officers donned breathing gear at the scene of the fire.
"The family members are all being looked after by neighbours and relatives," Inspector Keating said.