Family ‘distraught’ after fire tears down hinterland home
A BRAVE neighbour ran into a burning building on Thursday to make sure no one was in danger when a Beerwah home went up in flames.
Deborah Nicholson heard what she thought was "firecrackers" from the Peachester Rd home about 4pm and immediately feared the worst.
"There was smoke billowing out of the roof next door," she said.
Not sure if her neighbours were inside, Ms Nicholson ran to the house after calling triple-0 and flew open the front door, prepared to face the flames to get people to safety.
But it was only the family dog who ran to Ms Nicholson when she arrived. Unfortunately, a cat, named Kouda, died in the fire.
"I was just hoping no one was there," she said. "The dog was pretty pleased to see me, I'll tell you that," Ms Nicholson said.
"It was awful."
Multiple firefighting crews rushed to the two-storey weatherboard home and found the 15m-tall building engulfed by flames, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said.
Paramedics were also called to the fire, but no one required treatment.
The residents, a mother and her teenage son, have lost everything.
Eighteen-year-old Kahlem Couper has set up a GoFundMe to help he and his mother through the difficult time.
"All we have left is the clothes on our backs and Mums car and thankfully the neighbor was able to let our dog out in time," he wrote.
"We are so grateful to be alive."
Ms Nicholson said her neighbours had gone out for just 20 minutes and came home to find their house "demolished".
"They'd only just gone into Beerwah and they came home and had to pull over while the ambulance went past," she said.
"When they got close enough, they realised it was their house that was going up."
Ms Nicholson said the mother was "distraught" and didn't know what to do.
"She works from home, and everything's gone," she said.
As the fire spread on Thursday, Ms Nicholson feared it would get too close to her property and engulf more homes.
"It actually came under my fence," she said.
"I'm just lucky there was a man who stopped … he had my garden hose and was hosing the top of my van to keep the flames off.
"It just went so quick. (The residents) have lost a car, a shed. Everything's gone."
Investigators returned to the property on Friday morning to assess the widespread damage.
The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
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