Bellbird Park home damaged by fire
FIRE gutted bedrooms in a Bellbird Park home yesterday morning.
About half of a low-set brick veneer house on Jones Rd was ablaze when fire crews arrived, a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.
Two crews responded to calls from neighbours at 8.45am, and firefighters searched the house to determine if anyone was still inside.
However, later inquiries indicated the residents were not at home at the time.
Several rooms were burnt out and the roof collapsed.
Neighbour Lyn Hunt said her mother noticed the fire after hearing a loud noise.
"She was eating breakfast at 8.30am in the granny flat up the
back when she heard a bang, and then my husband and I saw the black smoke coming down the hill," Ms Hunt said.
"Mum said the explosion shook her house, but we're not sure what it was.
"We called triple 0 and my husband ran up the back and banged on the windows and doors, but everything was locked."
"By the time he got up there the flames were already through the roof of half the house, but the other half wasn't on fire."
Ms Hunt said she did not know the neighbours who lived in the house well.
"I don't think the people lived there for long," she said.
"We hadn't really seen them there much."
She said emergency crews were quick to respond and had the fire under control quite soon.
"It was all over quite fast," Ms Hunt said.
QFRS fire investigators are still investigating the cause of the blaze, but believe it may have been caused by an electrical appliance.