News

Rangeville home gutted by fire

A firefighter battles a blaze at a Currawong St home in Rangeville.
A firefighter battles a blaze at a Currawong St home in Rangeville. Kevin Farmer
Emergency workers remove the front windows of the home in order to gain better access.
Emergency workers remove the front windows of the home in order to gain better access. Kevin Farmer

AN INFERNO has gutted a Rangeville home and forced a man and his three sons to flee for their lives.

 

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire which completely destroyed the interior of the Currawong St rental property.

Adam and Tamara Stiller lived in the home with their two daughters and three sons, the youngest just two years old.

Mrs Stiller and her daughters were in Sydney when the fire broke out early this afternoon.

Charred toys within the home and a lone pram parked on the front lawn indicate just how catastrophic the blaze

Neighbour Glen Diplock was the first person at the scene after he heard breaking glass and smelt smoke coming from next door.
Neighbour Glen Diplock was the first person at the scene after he heard breaking glass and smelt smoke coming from next door. Kevin Farmer

could have been if the occupants had not made a quick escape.

 

Glen Diplock was the first person on the scene, having run to his neighbours' aid when the smell of smoke began filling the street.

"We could hear a lot of glass breaking so I said to my wife, 'Call the fire brigade'," he said.

"I ran outside and a couple of other neighbours came across.

"We also disconnected the power and gas and made sure all the guys were out.

The charred interior of the Currawong St home.
The charred interior of the Currawong St home. Kevin Farmer

 

"He (Mr Stiller) kept wanting to go back inside, but I wouldn't let him go back in."

The usually-quiet neighbourhood was filled with onlookers who watched the distressing scene unfold.

Firefighters wearing self-contained breathing apparatus entered the home to snuff out the fire from the inside out.

Acting Station Officer Scott Frame said the cause of the fire had not been determined.

"All of the rooms of the house are pretty much wiped out," he said.

"From initial reports and a look at the building ourselves, it seemed quite hot in the cenral rear of the building but that is unconfirmed at this time."

Mr Diplock said minor smoke damage to his neighbouring home was the last of his concerns.

"I just feel sorry for these guys," he said.

"The wife and two daughters are away at the moment, so they will come home to a bit of an awful scene.

"I'm sure the neighbours will rally and make sure they are looked after."

Topics:  emergency services, fire, qfrs, rangeville, search and rescue, toowoomba




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Baby boy arrives on driveway of grandparents' home

Toby Hill was born on June 22 on his grandparents driveway in Riverhills. Pictured is grandfather Nick Eagle, emergency dispatcher Marie Grant, grandmother Donna Eagle, paramedic Kate Patis, mum Hannah Hill, paramedic Rachel Prentice, dad Matt Hill and big brother Bradley Hill.

Woman gives birth to impatient baby on driveway

She ran a meth lab in her shed, but walked free from court

NSW Police Media Highway Patrol

Former drug addict found with drug production paraphernalia

Man "shot in the chest" after disagreement over iPad

Judge gives offender spray over her actions.

Latest deals and offers

Hey Mumma Working

What's tougher - full time work or being a mum, why?

What's tougher - full time work or being a mum, why?

Shayne Neumann

Shayne Neumann MP. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times

Shayne Neumann

Scott Buchholz MP for Wright

Incumbent Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz of the Liberal National Party.Photo: Contributed

Scott Buchholz MP member for Wright.

Arts and culture get a boost in council budget

HAPPY CAMPER: Council’s culture boss Cr Charlie Pisasale will be delighted $400,000 has been allocated for a business case investigation for IPAC.

IPAC at the forefront of councillor's agenda

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four