Family narrowly escape fire with ‘clothes on their back’
IT HAS been confirmed this morning the Cooroibah home destroyed in Friday's bushfire was that of a father and son, the son due to finish Year 12 this week.
Brian and Beau Williams' home was the only one to go up in flames after a blaze caused the evacuation or more than 2300 people from Cooroibah, Noosa Banks, Noosa North Shore and parts of Tewantin.
Stories have emerged of a frantic scene as Beau and Brian were separated during the ordeal, only to escape with the clothes on their back.
A donation page has already been set up by Zoe Kennedy to help the family at this devastating time.
"Beau had returned home from school about to graduate from Year 12. Shortly after the fires unexpectedly crossed the road and he had to run for his life along the lake as the fires violently engulfed their property," Ms Kennedy said.
"He and Brian were separated due to Brian being stopped by emergency crews unable to get to Beau and the property."
"Beau emerged out of a dense black plume of smoke, running along the lake, face covered by his shirt to be met by his father."
"The ferocity of the fire was confronting and seeing Beau emerge this way was a blessing"
"In the literal sense as they have lost everything except the clothes on their backs.
Beau is due to complete Year 12 at Good Shepherd Lutheran College this week.
The has shared their condolences to the family.
"We are saddened to hear that the home destroyed by fire at Cooroibah is that of Beau Williams and his father," a statement said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with this family and all impacted or disrupted in other ways in recent days."
Donations to the Williams' family can be made here.