FIRE DISASTER: Family homeless but grateful

UPDATE Monday 8.30am: THE family of six who escaped with their lives and little else in a house fire at Lagoon Pocket on New Year's Day has been left homeless but grateful that nobody was injured or worse.

Friends and family have rallied around Col and Renae Gamble and their four children after an incredibly fast moving fire engulfed their family home on Kiaka Rd in a matter of minutes early on Sunday morning.

The family and their visiting relatives were eating breakfast in a detached barbecue area out the back of the house when the blaze broke out somewhere underneath the high-set timber home.

Read the latest on this story: 'Two minutes and it was all over'

Desperate attempts to put it out failed as the fire quickly spread up into the home, destroying everything in its path, including the family car.

It is believed Mr Gamble attempted to move the four wheel drive vehicle, which was parked under the house, but the fast moving flames were already rolling over the bonnet and he had to abandon his efforts.


Thankfully a litter of newborn puppies and their parents were also unscathed.

Fire investigators remain at the scene today trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which could so easily have been a New Year tragedy.

UPDATE Sunday 11.40am: IT HAS been revealed the family were eating breakfast at a barbecue area at the back of the property when the fire started.

The family attempted to remove their cars from underneath the house, but the flames spread so quickly they apparently were only able to save one.

CONSUMED: The home on Kiaka Rd has been completely destroyed by a massive fire.
CONSUMED: The home on Kiaka Rd has been completely destroyed by a massive fire. Jacob Carson

In addition to the Gamble family and their four children, there were a number of visiting relatives who were staying at the property for the Christmas break.

Investigators are believed to be on the scene to determine what caused the blaze in the first place.

EARLIER Sunday morning:

TRAGEDY has struck a Lagoon Pocket family after their home was completely destroyed by fire earlier this morning.

Emergency services rushed to the home of the Gamble Family on Kiaka Rd, but were unable to save the timber house from being completely consumed.

High temperatures and dry winds have done little to help firefighters, who are still at the scene working desperately to contain the blaze.

For this family, who are well known and popular within the community, it's a horrible and devastating start to the new year.

At this stage - it's believed there are no serious injuries to the family.

More as this story develops.

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