Firefighters race to a family home engulfed by flames in Connor Street in North Rockhampton yesterday.
Firefighters race to a family home engulfed by flames in Connor Street in North Rockhampton yesterday. LOU FALKNER Lf

Family loses rental home to fire

A ROCKHAMPTON family of five has been left devastated only three days before Christmas after their rental home was destroyed by a fire yesterday.

Any Christmas presents bought for the three children who lived at the Connor Street home in North Rockhampton would have perished within minutes.

Firefighters rushed to the blaze about 4.30pm and battled for 20 minutes to save neighbouring homes from being engulfed.

By the time three fire trucks arrived there was nothing they could do to save the house.

Next-door neighbour Bruce Archer was reading a book in his bedroom when he saw “a lot of smoke”.

“I raced down the stairs and thought, oh my God,” said Bruce, who grabbed his garden hose and tried desperately to extinguish a fire in a burning car in the neighbouring yard.

His efforts were in vain so he turned his attention to soaking the walls of his own home.

The family that lived in the house was out at the time the fire started.

Yesterday they were being comforted by friends and relatives two houses down from the destroyed house and declined to speak with The Morning Bulletin.

Eddie Lacko, Acting Superintendent of Rockhampton Command, said the cause of the fire was still being investigated.

One fire hose was damaged by powerlines brought down by the fire.

Ergon Energy crews repaired the line yesterday afternoon.



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