Christmas fire tragedy

AN ELDERLY couple watched their Kolonga home go up in flames yesterday, the blaze destroying all their possessions, in a tragic start to their Christmas Day.

Bundaberg police Sergeant Tim Lowth said the husband and wife were woken by smoke alarms about 3am and were forced to flee with only enough time to grab their dogs.

Sgt Lowth said the home on E Claxton Rd, about 50km north of Gin Gin, was completely destroyed in the blaze and it was unknown what caused the fire.

"The building is a wooden Queenslander," Sgt Lowth said.

"They lost everything. We still don't know if it was suspicious or not."

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said multiple urban and rural fire crews attended the fire but, when they arrived, the home was engulfed in flames.

"The home was fully destroyed," he said.

"We got the call at 2.31am ...and arrived at 3.09am."

Investigations into the matter are continuing.



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