Midnight house fire in Port City
POLICE say it could be days before they can identify the remains of a person who died in a horrific house fire in Gladstone on Saturday night.
Neighbours said the house was engulfed in flames in a matter of minutes creating an impossible task for firefighters.
A quiet Callide Crescent came to life about midnight as the fearsome conflagration ran its course.
Neighbours Kevin and Paula, who declined to give their full names, said they were shocked by the speed of the fire's progress.
Kevin said he went outside at 12.25am and saw one side of the house engulfed in flames.
He said 10 minutes later the fire had virtually destroyed the house.
“There was nothing they (fire brigade) could do,” Paula said.
“The house was engulfed by the time they got here.”
Just minutes earlier Kevin had been fast asleep.
“I was asleep on the couch,” Kevin said. “I thought there was a blue because of all the noise going on.
“Some kids alerted everyone to it. They were having a party (when it happened).
“They were great,” Paula said of the youngsters' reaction to the impending danger.
“They were running up and down the street knocking on all the doors (alerting people to the danger).”
Another neighbour said somebody knocked on her door about midnight, warning her of the fire.
“It went very quickly,” she said.
Locals couldn't help thinking of another fire on September 23 last year, which destroyed a house just four doors away on the same street.
“(It makes) you worry about your house. All it takes is one spark,” Paula said.
Police continue to investigate the cause of the blaze.