Life's momentos gone

ELAINE Coventry was enjoying a television show on Saturday afternoon when her screaming smoke alarm warned her of looming danger.

“I smelt it, went to the kitchen to make sure everything was off, and then I came down the back stairs and saw smoke pouring out of the roof,” she said.

“I ran into the bedroom, called triple 0 and started screaming 'my house is on fire', before I got out.”

When the elderly woman escaped the insured house on Princess Street, she was comforted by friends and neighbours as firefighters worked to put the blaze out.

“There was such a cloud of smoke I couldn't see next door or the road,” she said.

Her car, underneath the house, made it through unscathed, and someone had salvaged her purse and a few photos from the home before it was gutted.

Mrs Coventry, who has lived in the house since she was a child, was happy to have her life, but lost “generations” of momento's.

“The firies are marvellous, they were here in minutes,” she said.

Bundaberg station officer Trevor Duncan said when firefighters responded to the call about 4.30pm, they saw “most of the house in heavy smoke and flames”.

He said heavy which forced a change of tactics.

“It was a challenge,” Mr Duncan said.

“We had to approach from a safe angle, so we had to make a diversion back and go upwind.”

Firefighters fought until about 8pm to save the home.



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