Glenwood family loses home to fire
A GLENWOOD family lost all their worldly possessions when a fierce fire consumed their timber home early Sunday morning.
Gympie Fire Station Officer Kyle Dellit said the house was completely engulfed in flames by the time Queensland Fire and Rescue crews arrived around 6.47am.
The four adults living at 138 Arbor Twenty Seven Road had managed to escape unharmed from the burning building.
One urban fire crew and a four wheel drive water tanker from Gympie, a rural fire truck from Anderleigh and a rural tanker from Glenwood rushed to the scene.
The house was well involved by the time they arrived and little could be done to save the old home.
Glenwood Rural Fire Brigade First Officer Dick Irwin said the family had no time to save any of their belongings.
“They had to get out very quickly,” he said.
“The owner said by the time they got out it was virtually engulfed in flames.
“The house was in good condition but, being an old home with a lot of dry wood, once it was established there wasn’t much chance to save it.
“There was nothing the firefighters could really do except to contain it and let it burn itself away.”
Officer Dellit said five 45-kilogram gas cylinders had posed a considerable threat to firefighters and had to be dragged away from the house and hosed down with water so they wouldn’t explode.
“Two of the cylinders were venting, which means the gas expands and the release valve lets out a continuous spurt of gas,” he said.
“Before a cyclinder explodes the release valve cycles and it lets out a high-pitched whistle – that’s when you’ve got to run.
“But it didn’t get to that.
“They were removed and sprayed with water to cool them.”
Investigators have not confirmed the cause of the fire.
However Officer Dellit issued a warning to residents to be careful, particularly where open fireplaces were concerned.
“With winter here the safest option is to extinguish fires before people go to bed,” he told The Gympie Times yesterday.
“And make sure you have a working smoke alarm.”
The Glenwood family is living with a neighbour until they find a new home.
Nearby residents had been shocked to hear about the blaze and most were unaware it had happened.
Police attended the scene about 6.20am. There were no suspicious circumstances.