Neighbours, passers-by and an off-duty fire fighter helped extinguish a fire at this Stewart Terrace home before the fire could take hold.
Neighbours, passers-by and an off-duty fire fighter helped extinguish a fire at this Stewart Terrace home before the fire could take hold. Renee Pilcher

Gympie fire stopped by passers-by

A MAN running out of a smouldering house with two buckets was testimony yesterday to the efforts of passers-by and neighbours who helped to extinguish a house fire along Stewart Terrace.

The fire was reported to Gympie fire fighters about 11.40am and 10 minutes later, they were on the scene.

But it only took only about five minutes to get the blaze under control due to the help of friends and neighbours who had stopped to douse the flames.

Gympie Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Station Officer Leigh Fitzpatrick said there were three children in the house at the time the fire broke out.

But no one was injured.

An ambulance spokesperson said two children were treated only as a precaution but no one else was harmed during the fire.

Station Officer Fitzpatrick said working smoke detectors alerted the children to the blaze, which had started underneath the weather board house.

It is still unknown what started the fire but Stn Offr Fitzpatrick said a fire investigation officer would look into the possible causes.

The fire was brought under control and extinguished very easily because so many people rallied to douse the flames.

Stn Offr Fitzpatrick said that was due to the time of day, as there were lots of passers-by to help and raise the alarm.

An off-duty fire fighter who wished to remain anonymous was one of the passers-by that helped saved the home.

He rushed to turn the residence's gas off and pitch in where he could, after seeing the smoke and realising the home was alight.

The off-duty fire fighter said one man grabbed a fire extinguisher from his car, while others used garden hoses and buckets to hold the fire.

Stn Offr Fitzpatrick said the amount of damage to the home was not extensive and would be fairly easy for the family to repair.

Although, he didn't advocate anyone untrained and ill-equipped putting themselves in harm's way to extinguish a fire and reinforced the importance of calling Triple 0.

He did, however, acknowledge the brave efforts of the public in keeping the fire at bay until fire fighters arrived.

Gympie Times


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