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Family escapes second house blaze in a year

DISASTER NO 2: Fire damage to the property on Jane St in Leichhardt (above and inset); The QT from Boxing Day 2011 (below).
DISASTER NO 2: Fire damage to the property on Jane St in Leichhardt (above and inset); The QT from Boxing Day 2011 (below).
Claudia Baxter

AN IPSWICH family has escaped unharmed after enduring its second house fire in just over a year on Monday.

On Monday Leichhardt resident John Paton's home in Jane St burnt after his two-year-old grandson set a mattress on fire while playing with a lighter just after 7am.

Mr Paton watched in disbelief as he suffered the same experience as he did at his Larson St home on Christmas Eve 2011.

On Monday they again lost a significant amount of clothing and furniture in a blaze.

Mr Paton was making breakfast for his grandchildren when the smell of smoke filled his house just after 7am.

He heard the smoke alarm go off and soon fire was spreading throughout the house.

The blaze caused extensive damage to one bedroom, with smoke and water damage throughout the home.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Crews contained the fire to the bedroom.

Mr Paton his daughter and grandchildren all escaped from the burning home.

"I was awake to give the young ones a bottle and then I heard the fire alarm go off and could see the flames run up," he said.

I was awake to give the young ones a bottle and then I heard the fire alarm go off and could see the flames run up.

Neighbours reported seeing thick black smoke billowing from the home.

Mr Paton tried to fight the fire but his efforts proved futile.

He smashed a bedroom window and put the hose through in an attempt to douse the flames.

But he said he was thankful that all of his family members escaped without injury.

"The little fella that started it was in a bit of a daze," he said.

Ipswich acting station officer Mick Glasby said the fire was a timely reminder for parents to keep lighters out of reach of children.

If anyone has clothes to donate to Mr Paton's family, please contact him on 0405 113 954.

  • A SOUTH Ripley home was damaged in a fire on Saturday night. Fire crews arrived at Watsons Rd at 6.45pm and had the fire extinguished just over an hour later. No one was injured during the incident.

Topics:  house fire, leichhardt




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