How you can help Barron family rebuild after fire

The region is rallying to help the Barron family rebuild after a devastating house fire Sunday night.
The region is rallying to help the Barron family rebuild after a devastating house fire Sunday night. Contributed

UPDATE: A Cambooya family left homeless after a devastating house fire has a glimmer of hope as the region rallies to help.

Waylon Barron, his wife Tash and three kids are steadily picking up the pieces after fire ripped through their Savage Rd home late Sunday night.

Escaping uninjured and taking his kids to safety at his parents' home nearby, Mr Barron returned to his semi-rural homestead to find the house engulfed in flames.

Mr Barron yesterday told The Chronicle the close-knit farming community had already rallied to help get his two sons, aged 8 and 6, and his daughter, 5, back to school today with uniforms, books and other items.

Now an online fundraiser, seeking to raise $10,000 to support the family, is swiftly gaining traction with more than $2000 donated.

You can support the fundraiser here.

MONDAY 4PM: A young Cambooya family whose family home was destroyed in a shocking house fire is being supported by the generosity of the region.

As investigators probe the cause of the fire which tore through the Savage Rd property about 9.25pm Sunday, a young father is being hailed for his quick actions in getting his three kids out of harms way.

Waylon Barron and his three young children were watching the NRL Grand Final when the smell of smoke started wafting through the home.

"There was a funny smell to the smoke and I thought it just didn't smell right," Mr Barron said.

"So I thought I'd get the kids out which was the most important thing."

A house on Savage Rd, Cambooya has been completely destroyed by fire.
A house on Savage Rd, Cambooya has been completely destroyed by fire. Kevin Farmer

Mr Barron got his two sons aged eight and six, and five-year-old daughter in the car and dropped them at his parents' home about three minutes down Savage Rd.

He saved the family's three pet cats in the process.

When he returned to his house, it was engulfed in flames and he could do little but watch as it burned.

"The firies were really good, and the police that came were really good," Mr Barron said.

"I'd like to say thanks for how quickly they came."

Waylon Barron got his three kids, and pet cats, to safety before the fire took hold in the family's home.
Waylon Barron got his three kids, and pet cats, to safety before the fire took hold in the family's home. Kevin Farmer

Police have ruled out any suspicious circumstances in the fire, with investigations continuing into the cause.

Mr Barron said his family was being supported by his neighbours and friends from around the region, helping to organise uniforms for his children before they head back to school tomorrow.

"The kids are a bit upset, wondering why the house has burnt down," he said.

He said his family had been heartened by the sheer generosity of neighbours in the wake of the fire.

The destroyed home was still smouldering this morning when fire investigators returned to the scene.
The destroyed home was still smouldering this morning when fire investigators returned to the scene. Kevin Farmer

"Everyone has been good - you know what it's like when you live in a farming area," he said.

"Tash (wife) has had a heap of calls from the teachers at Cambooya school."

A Melbourne Storm supporter, Mr Barron managed to laugh off the events of the night.

"I do follow the Storm so nothing went to plan last night," he said.

The Barron family home on Savage Rd was destroyed by fire Sunday night.
The Barron family home on Savage Rd was destroyed by fire Sunday night. Kevin Farmer

7.10AM: A Darling Downs man has saved his three kids from a devastating house fire while the family watched the NRL Grand Final.

The man was reportedly watching the match when shortly before 9.25pm, smelt smoke inside the Save Rd home at Cambooya.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services station officer Brad Jeffs said the man evacuated his three small children and three cats from the property before fire spread throughout the structure.

"He drove his kids to his parents' place which is about three minutes away and when he came back, the house was fully involved in fire," Mr Jeffs told Sunrise.

A QFES spokeswoman said emergency services received the 000 call at about 9.25pm with reports the house was engulfed, but all occupants were out of the home.

The scene of the fire in Cambooya.
The scene of the fire in Cambooya.

Multiple crews battled to control the blaze before the house collapsed about 10.30pm.

Firefighters remained at the property overnight, with fire investigators to return to the home today to determine the cause.

Queensland Ambulance paramedics were put on standby at the incident, but reported no-one was injured.



Bundy man's life spirals out of control after parents' death

Bundy man's life spirals out of control after parents' death

Death Bundy teen's mum, step-dad in crash catalyst for spiral.

Earlier bin collections for Anzac Day service

Earlier bin collections for Anzac Day service

Some residents will have their bin collected on a different day.

CQ child safety investigations go up by 325 cases

CQ child safety investigations go up by 325 cases

Less than 40 per cent of QLD investigations commenced on time.

Local Partners