FIRE: A house has burnt down overnight at Herschel Street, Clermont.
FIRE: A house has burnt down overnight at Herschel Street, Clermont. Olga Dunn

Loud bang before blaze: House destroyed by fire

1PM: A MAN “lost everything” when a house caught fire at Clermont early this morning.

Dennis Atkinson posted to a Clermont community Facebook page saying Chris Bettridge and a man staying with him “barely got out with their lives”.

“...let alone anything else but what they were wearing - shorts and a towel.”

Mr Atkinson has called on community support to supply clothing and other items.

“It would be a great help I’m sure.”

Emergency services attended the Herschel Street address about 2am today, where the fire was already ablaze and the roof had collapsed.

Queensland Police are investigating the cause of the fire - and it has been suggested it was possibly from a battery explosion.

10AM: A TWO-story house has been destroyed at Clermont overnight, leaving two men with minor injuries.

Clermont fire crews were called to the blaze at Herschel Street about 2am today.

Area Office Acting Inspector Vanessa Madge said the roof had already collapsed when they arrived at the scene.

The two male occupants had escaped the house and were taken to hospital with smoke inhalation and an ankle injury.

Fire crews had the fire under control and extinguished by 3.30am.

A neighbouring house sustained minor damage and a car or two were destroyed, a Queensland Police spokesman said.

Ms Madge said the occupants heard a loud bang, which could have been from a battery.

Queensland Police are investigating.

8.36AM: TWO men have been hospitalised following a house fire at Clermont this morning.

A man in his 50s sustained smoke inhalation and another male had an ankle injury.

Paramedics attended the Herschel Street address about 2.11am and took both men to Clermont Hospital.

More to come.



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