Police investigate a house fire in Stephen St, Harristown. Picture: Kevin Farmer
Police investigate a house fire in Stephen St, Harristown. Picture: Kevin Farmer

Man in stable condition after rescued from house fire

UPDATE: A HARRISTOWN man owes his life to the firefighting crew which ran through his smoke-filled cottage and pulled him, unconscious, out of danger.

The 56-year-old was found passed out in the kitchen area of his Stephen St home after a fire broke out in his lounge room about 7pm Sunday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services station officer Scott Frame said multiple crews responded to the timber cottage-type property with reports a person was unaccounted for, feared to be inside the home.

Smoke was billowing from the front of the home, later identified as the lounge room, and was quickly extinguished before firefighters, in breathing apparatus, entered the smoky structure.

"Crews found a casualty in the rear of the premises in the kitchen area," Mr Frame told 7 News.

"(He) appeared to be unconscious and not breathing."

Police investigators enter the Stephen St home in Harristown as part of ongoing investigations. Picture: Kevin Farmer
Police investigators enter the Stephen St home in Harristown as part of ongoing investigations. Picture: Kevin Farmer

Firefighters wasted no time carrying the man outside into the fresh air and giving him oxygen until Queensland Ambulance paramedics took over treatment.

"Once he was brought out, crews detected a pulse and carried out oxygen therapy," Mr Frame said.

 

 

The man suffered external and airway burns and smoke inhalation in the ordeal, and was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition for treatment and monitoring.

A Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman said the man remained in a stable condition.

Mr Frame praised the actions of the fire crews for saving the man and quickly containing the blaze.

"I'm so proud of these boys; they're so professional with what they do," he said.

"It's not easy going into a superheated building and through thick smoke to look for someone.

"To save a life is just wonderful and that's the reason that we're in the job.

"It's always good to save a life."

Queensland Police and QFES fire investigators returned to the property yesterday morning in an effort to identify what sparked the blaze.

The Harristown home had minor external damage but was extensively damaged by smoke internally.

Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services investigate a house fire in Stephen St, Harristown. Picture: Kevin Farmer
Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services investigate a house fire in Stephen St, Harristown. Picture: Kevin Farmer

EARLIER: FIREFIGHTERS saved the life of a Harristown man found unconscious in his home which caught alight early last night.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were called to the Stephen St home shortly before 7pm to find a blaze contained to one corner of the worker's cottage.

Firefighters quickly went into action extinguishing the blaze when they found a man, 56, unconscious inside the property.

Crews carried the man to safety outside where he was treated by Queensland Ambulance paramedics.

The house in Stephen St, Harristown where an unconscious man was rescued by fire crews. Picture: Kevin Farmer
The house in Stephen St, Harristown where an unconscious man was rescued by fire crews. Picture: Kevin Farmer

He was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition suffering smoke inhalation and airway burns.

QFES station officer Scott Frame told 7 News the rescue was a "really good outcome".

"It's not easy going into a super heated building and through thick smoke to look for someone," he told the network.


"To save a life is just wonderful and that's the reason that we're in the job."

It's understood the fire was contained to one area of the home.

Fire investigators returned to the property this morning in an effort to determine the cause of the fire.



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