Heron Island, near Gladstone.
Heron Island, near Gladstone. Contributed

Heron Island evacuated after generator fire cuts power

NEARLY 400 people are being evacuated from a luxury resort on Heron Island, 80km north-east of Gladstone.

A power generator for the island's Great Barrier Reef resort caught fire about 10pm on Wednesday, leaving the island without power, running water and a sewerage system.

While no-one was injured, the 279 guests at the resort and about 110 staff are being evacuated by boat to Gladstone.

"There was a fire in the generator room that was discovered at 10pm last night. There was no damage to accommodation or public spaces and no one was hurt," a Heron Island spokeswoman told the Courier Mail.

"By 2am the Heron Island emergency services team had been working really hard to control it and contain it and that was managed.

"This morning, because the fire was in the generator room it meant there was a loss of power, a loss of water and sanitation.

"And unfortunately that meant the island had to close."

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