News

Blaze robs flood-hit family of a fresh start

Three fire crews responded to the fire on Chalk St, Leichhardt, at around 11.40am, which gutted the home.
Three fire crews responded to the fire on Chalk St, Leichhardt, at around 11.40am, which gutted the home. Rob Williams

AN Ipswich family who lost all in the 2011 floods were again left without any possessions after a devastating fire destroyed their home on Monday.

The Chalk St home in Leichhardt was gutted by the fire which started in a bedroom just prior to midday.

Initial investigations suggest the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter.

Dennis O'Reilly was home with his two nephews aged nine and four, when a mattress caught on fire.

Mr O'Reilly said the fire quickly spread throughout the house, but he escaped with the two boys unharmed from the burning building.

He said the fire was intense.

"It was horrible. I've never seen so much fire in my life. I was so scared," he said.

Mr O'Reilly went to the neighbours for help, but they weren't home.

His sister and the mother of the two boys Kristy O'Reilly arrived home soon after their escape.

Ms O'Reilly and her family had only just been relocated to the home in the last few weeks, once again settled after losing everything in the floods.

The fire was another blow for her family, who once again find themselves with nothing.

"We were only just starting to get back on our feet, now we are back to square one," she said.

She thanked the QFRS for their help and support during and after the blaze.

QFRS Ipswich station officer Matthew Bulow said the home was extensively damaged by the fire.

Mr Bulow said the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

He said Mr O'Reilly was alerted by working smoke alarms.

"People were home at the time, they all got out, they were all accounted for," he said.

"Everything inside the house was damaged."

Neighbour Lindy Allan said the home was fully alight in a matter of minutes.

"I heard a scream, and you know a scream of desperation when you hear it," she said. "Then I heard a shuffling at the neighbour's door. I went out and the flames were coming out the lounge windows and then it just took off."

Topics:  house fire, leichhardt, qfrs, queensland floods




How to serve your country...and get a free puppy

Two Belgian Malinois puppies that are part of the foster program at RAAF Base Amberley.

VIDEO: Meet some of the toughest members of the Defence Force.

New town bridge the big ticket item from today’s council meeting

CLOSER: The Norman Street Bridge is closer to reality as council’s business case ramps up.

Why another Bremer River crossing must happen soon

Latest deals and offers

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

Shannen Doherty shaves hair during cancer battle

Shannen Doherty has completely shaved off her hair

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother to her friends' daughter

Will Turbo be taken off TV?

Memes about Turbo are flowing on Social media.

PEOPLE want Turbo taken off TV, but will Prospero Productions the ma

Police charge in after Lohan claims fiance tried to kill her

"You tried to kill me. You're a f*****g psycho".

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley