BREAKING: Unit gutted by fire in inner Gympie
A UNIT in inner Gympie was gutted by flames in the early hours of this morning with four fire crews taking close to an hour to get the raging blaze under control.
Neighbours in a nearby unit - one of several in the block on Elgin St - woke to the sound of screaming smoke alarms at 3.30am and called triple-0.
When firefighters arrived on the scene the blaze was "fully involved" in the two-level brick corner unit, Gympie Fire Station officer Adrian Bond said.
The owner was not home and the adjoining unit was also unoccupied, he said.
But caged budgies at the unit required rescuing, he said.
The fire had damaged the inside of the unit significantly, he said, small evidence of charred walls, broken windows and twisted metal on the outside not showing the full extent of the damage.
Patricia Dwyer, a long-term resident who lives six doors down in the unit block woke to a strange smell and the sight of flashing lights through her bedroom window.
The fire was out when she woke, but while watching firefighters clean-up she said it had been a "close shave".
"Someone's looking after me," she said.
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Fire investigators will visit the scene today, Mr Bond said.
He could not comment on the possible cause of the fire.