Owner injured as million-dollar home gutted by flames
UPDATE: The owner of a million-dollar home in Middle Ridge was taken to hospital with injuries last night after he escaped from his burning home.
Neighbours described seeing Darryl Higgs in a shocked state as he was taken by paramedics from his Collingwood Cl home.
Fire investigators remain on the scene dampening down the brick and timber clad home after leaping flames gutted the house late last night.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Station officer and fire investigator John Burrows said the cause of the fire was as yet undetermined.
He said this morning the house was still on fire and dealing with that situation was the first priority for emergency services.
"What we need to do first is put the building out," Mr Burrows said.
Mr Higgs was believed to be alone in the house and another man who was in a nearby granny-flat also escaped the fire.
"It's a three-storey structure, there was one person who was slightly injured and was transported by the Queensland Ambulance Service to Toowoomba Hospital for observation last night," Mr Burrows said.
"At this stage we're ensuring we're putting the fire out completely, maximising the safety of the crews to have a look (inside)."
He said the floor inside the building had completely collapsed.
The property, which was on sale, is thought to be worth just less than $1 million.
Crews will remain on scene today and will try to determine the cause of the fire in conjunction with police.
The home has been described as a "complete write-off" and will likely need to be demolished.
Neighbour Ian Swan was alerted to the fire by his barking dog and stumbled onto the street to the scene of an "absolute inferno".
"It was surreal," he said.
"The first thing I thought was, where's Darryl?"
As yet no emergency services had arrived although sirens could be heard in the immediate area.
Mr Swan saw a woman heroically take the man who lived in the granny flat away from the fire.
The intense heat of the fire from the Collingwood St home made entry impossible.
Mr Swan was relieved when he was later told Mr Higgs was safe in an ambulance.
Dozens of residents from the street emerged from their houses to watch the blaze.
A number of them told The Chronicle the fire came as a shock.
EARLIER: A double storey home in Middle Ridge is currently on fire.
The home is on Collingwood Cl.
Toowoomba firefighting crews are being joined by auxiliaries from Highfields to battle the blaze.
The structure was fully involved when crews arrived.
The brick house is burning inside and the structure is still standing.
All occupants are reportedly safe and accounted for.