Family unharmed but house gutted
PATRICIA Dougan, 13, was playing in the back yard of her cousin's property when she watched the home light up and burn.
In fact, the smoke from yesterday's Bradford Street fire could be seen many blocks away.
"I was just hoping nobody was in there,'' she said as tears filled her eyes and she embraced her cousin.
"I just wanted to be with my mum.''
Luckily the residents, Susan Hutchinson and her family were not in the home when it caught fire.
"The home was completely gutted,'' said Queensland Fire Ser- vice Rockhampton Station Officer Trevor Kidd, who was first on scene.
"They lost everything.''
Three urban units and one from the airport arrived quickly at the scene and the fire was controlled in 45 minutes.
One neighbour, who lives across the street, said he was amazed at how fast the fire lit up.
"It just went up, I'm not quite sure how it started,'' said Tony Gunder.
"I think a bunch of us called Triple 0 when we saw it.''
He also said there was some worry that one of the children was still in the home, but the boy was later found down the road.
The cause of the blaze is being investigated.