Fire destroys Horse Camp home
WHAT was once a double-storey house is now a pile of rumble, after fire gutted a Horse Camp residence yesterday afternoon.
Five rural fire crews attended the blaze at Maggie Drive, just east of Gin Gin, after responding to several Triple-0 calls from neighbours who smelt smoke.
They arrived at the scene too late to save the house, instead concentrating on controlling the fires that had broken out in surrounding bushland.
A total of 15 fire-fighters fought for about an hour until the fire subsided.
The owner was not at the house, and is believed to have gone away for several days.
The cause of the blaze was unknown, but Lieutenant Darren Lawrence from Gin Gin Rural Fire Brigade said the fire had started inside the house.
“It was probably a case of getting the call from the neighbours just a little too late and once we got here, there was nothing we could do to save the house,” Lt Lawrence said.
Rubbing salt into the wounds of the owner was the fact a light shower doused the area shortly after the fire had done its damage.
“It would have been nice if it had rained a little sooner, but the showers came too late,” Lt Lawrence said.
The house had solar and wind power generation, but still contained several electrical appliances that may have set off the fire.
The fire-fighter offered advice to anyone leaving their property during the holidays.
“Check your electrical appliances are off before leaving, make sure there isn’t any rubbish lying around the house and notify your neighbours if you’ll be away for any length of time,” he said.