What’s left of a Hartley St home in Emu Park which was significantly damaged after it went up in flames on Saturday night. It may have to be demolished authorities said.
What’s left of a Hartley St home in Emu Park which was significantly damaged after it went up in flames on Saturday night. It may have to be demolished authorities said. Amy Haydock

Emu Park home gutted in fire

AUTHORITIES say it is likely an Emu Park home will have to be demolished after it was gutted by fire on Saturday night.

The family who live in the Hartley St house weren't home when the structure went up in flames about 9.15pm.

Police yesterday said the fire was not being treated as suspicious, although the exact cause was yet to be determined.

A Fire and Rescue spokesman said a neighbour had attempted to control the fire with a garden hose before fire crews arrived.

The spokesman said fire crews arrived soon after and had the fire contained to inside the house within 10 minutes.

However, the inside of the dwelling was substantially damaged.

Rockhampton Police Acting Senior Sergeant Paul McDonnell said because of the significant damage it was difficult for forensic authorities to determine the cause of the fire.

“It is believed to have started in one of the bedrooms,” Snr Sgt McDonnell said.

“It's very devastating for the family, they're pretty upset, but it's very fortunate that no one was injured.

“It will most likely have to be demolished,” he said.

A Yeppoon Fire and Rescue crew attended as did two Rockhampton crews.

No one was harmed during the fire and the occupants of the home were not there at the time of the blaze.

It is believed the family has lived in that home for a couple of years.

They were expected to return to the house yesterday morning.

The Fire and Rescue spokesman said it was fortunate that the fire was brought under control quite quickly otherwise the outcome could have been worse.



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