House damaged by fire

A FARMHOUSE was badly damaged by fire near Dululu early yesterday.

Two fire crews fought the house fire on the Burnett Highway, south-west of Rockhampton about 12.30am.

The house was well alight when crews arrived but luckily the owner was away at the time of the fire.

As police investigations continued into the cause of the fire late yesterday, authorities ruled out arson.

Elsewhere in Central Queensland it was a busy day for firefighters yesterday.

Queensland Fire and Rescue regional manager for rural operations Superintendent John Fisher said rural properties were being threatened after a grassfire sparked at Tooloombah Creek, near Ogmore, north of Rockhampton.

Late yesterday six crews were trying to keep the blaze from hitting a national park, and managed to contain it last night.

Earlier in the day fire fighters managed to battle a Cawarral grassfire before it got away, despite strong winds.

“We were lucky the relative humidity wasn’t as bad as it has been,” Superintendent Fisher said.

The fire is believed to have been caused by a spark from a lawnmower at midday.

A complete fire ban remains in place across Central Queensland, with warmer conditions expected today.

Some rain is expected on Sunday through to Monday.

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