Yeppoon home survives Marcia, destroyed by blaze
It's the question on the tip of everyone's tongue in the Adelaide Park area in Yeppoon following two weeks of devastation.
As residents slept soundly in their homes, the early-morning peace was shattered by the sound of sirens screaming as Queensland Fire and Rescue Service crews raced to a blaze on the corner of Ross and Power Sts yesterday.
When emergency services arrived at the scene about 4.30am, the low-set weatherboard home was well involved.
QFRS worked for half an hour to put out the blaze, which left the home a charred, unliveable mess.
The tragedy comes just two weeks after Tropical Cyclone Marcia tore through the area, leaving a trail of destruction and heartbreak in its wake.
HIT Personal Training Yeppoon owner Michelle Garnon, who is the landlord of the house, was asleep in her home just a few doors up when the fire broke out.
Ms Garnon said despite the house being destroyed, the most important thing was that the family of six renting the house, as well as the pet dog, escaped without a scratch.
"The biggest thing is that the tenants are fine," Ms Garnon said.
"I'm just so thankful that no one was hurt.
"Property can be replaced but lives can't."
Ms Garnon said Yeppoon locals had set up a Facebook page to provide support and assistance for the tenants of the house.
"The tenants have somewhere to stay and a Facebook page has been set up to give them support," she said.
"We had people dropping off bags of clothes and donations while the house was still burning.
"That's just what the community spirit is like in Yeppoon."
Ms Garnon said investigations were still continuing into the cause of the fire but emergency services advised there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the blaze and it would be hard to pinpoint how it happened.
Ms Garnon praised emergency services personnel for their quick action and ongoing support.
"I just want to say thank you to the firies and the police," she said.
"The emergency services have been wonderful. They are absolutely exceptional."