Family survives house fire
A GOOD Samaritan has saved a mum and her two young kids from a fire that destroyed their home and left them with nothing.
Acting station officer Peter Mapson said the fire took hold in the downstairs laundry of the Maryborough home at about 7am on Sunday while the family was sleeping.
"Luckily for the family, a passer-by was walking past and noticed the smoke, so he woke them up and then tried to put out the fire," Mr Mapson said.
Tia Mills and her children, aged 5 and 6, fled to safety as the fire tore through the bottom of their high-set Queenslander, while their rescuer tried to fight the flames.
"They are very lucky he was going past. It's fantastic what he did," Mr Mapson said.
"Without him, it would have been a very different story."
Now the hunt is on for their saviour so the family can thank him.
Firefighters from Maryborough arrived shortly after the alarm was raised but the blaze had already spread to the rest of the house.
"It had just reached the upper level when we arrived," Mr Mapson said.
"But we couldn't get up there because of the fire below, so we just did everything we could to protect the house."
He said two firefighters were injured as they battled the inferno - one left with facial burns and the other with a burn on his wrist.
"It was a high-intensity fire and it was very hot," he said.
"It took us a good hour to extinguish."
The home and everything in it was destroyed, with just the blackened exterior walls still standing.
A distraught Ms Mills said the family had been left with only the clothes on their backs.
"We just fled, so I had to borrow some clothes," she said.
"I didn't have time to grab anything. I don't have my phone or clothes or anything."
She was comforted at the scene by family.
"She won't say it, but she is going to need a lot of help," her mother-in-law, Beryl Crole, said.