Police and firefighters tend to the fire on Targo Street.
Police and firefighters tend to the fire on Targo Street.

Blaze guts Bundaberg home

MICHELLE Normanton was in her Targo Street unit with her mother Janet when the smoke alarm in her room went off Sunday.

The pair could not find a way to turn the alarm off and opened the door to get some help.

Michelle's home is located in a complex of four units that share a communal living area.

“I smelt plastic burning,” Janet said.

“I heard an explosion and then I saw the flames coming out from under the door (of another unit).”

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The mother screamed for her daughter to get out of the complex.

At first Janet could not see where her daughter was, and described the experience as terrifying.

“With her diabetes, she's known to go unconscious on the floor - I had to know where she was,” the mother said.

Janet found her daughter and the pair made it out of the brick complex.

Another resident called firefighters who rushed to the scene about 2.30pm.

Queensland Fire and Rescue station officer Vicki Shailer said the complex was evacuated by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

“The person who lives in the unit arrived on the scene later,” she said.

The station officer said there was smoke billowing out of the building.

“We gained entry and the unit was completely on fire,” Ms Shailer said.

“We contained the fire within the unit. It did get up into the roof void but we contained that as well.

“The firefighters did a good job.”

Within 15 minutes the fire was contained and there were no injuries.

The unit where the fire began was completely destroyed, but no other part of the complex was damaged.

“The residents can't go back into them tonight because the power was disconnected,” Ms Shailer said.

Police were yesterday afternoon investigating the cause of the fire.

If people saw any suspicious activity at the time the fire started telephone Bundaberg CIB on 4153 9111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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