Fire crews battle house fire
THE ROOF of a family home in Mt Crosby collapsed yesterday after a fire ripped through it in the early afternoon.
The owners of the house in George Holt Drive were not home when the fire started and no-one was injured in the blaze.
Three Queensland fire and rescue trucks attended the scene and did well to contain the inferno that fire officers suspect started in the laundry.
The blaze went up into the ceiling and ran through the ceiling void.
When the fire officers arrived there was extensive damage but they brought it under control swiftly.
The weight of the roof beams caused the ceiling to collapse and did extensive internal damage to the home.
"When we arrived the roof was already starting to cave in with the weight of the tiles," Karana Downs station officer Bob Ironside said.
"It seemed to move across the roof line quite quickly. We used our monitor and had two guys do an internal search but it got a bit too dangerous so we had to bring them out. We just knocked it down using the monitor.
"It has taken most of the roof trusses out of the roof so I'd say it (the house) will be a complete loss.
"It was quite difficult to fight for our crews because we had to fight it from outside, whereas we are trained to do internal attacks.
"Most of the damage was contained to the roof but a lot of the tiles knocked down into the internal part of the house - so extensive damage."
Fire investigators were called to the scene.