Mum, the house is on fire!

FAMILY HERO: Nine-year-old Charlie Millar saved his family by raising the alarm when their house caught fire earlier this week.
FAMILY HERO: Nine-year-old Charlie Millar saved his family by raising the alarm when their house caught fire earlier this week. Chris Ison Rokcfire

CHARLIE Miller woke up to a crackling sound as he lay on a mattress in the lounge room.

As the crackling sound became louder, Charlie opened his sleepy eyes to see the couch in front of him engulfed in flames.

Minutes later, his whole house was burnt to the ground.

At 4.30am on Monday, Charlie's one-storey Power St home caught on fire but thanks to his quick thinking, Charlie saved his whole family.

Charlie, nine, said he tried to remember what the firefighter at school had taught him when he saw the fire.

"I was sleeping in the lounge room under the fan because it was too hot in my room," he said.

"I woke up to a crackling sound and saw the couch on fire so I ran into my mum's room yelling 'Fire'. I woke my mum up and we got everyone out of the house.



"I remembered what the firefighter who visited my school told me to do if I ever saw fire and that's what I did."

Since the fire on Monday, Charlie has been called the family hero and one day hopes to be a hero to others in his community.

"I want to be a firefighter," he said.

"I saved my family from the fire and I want to help other people when I grow up."

Charlie's mum, Briony, 29, said she was proud of her son's courageous actions.

"When Charlie ran into my room yelling fire I grabbed all the kids and by the time we got outside fire was coming through the front door," she said.

"I would hate to think of what could have happened if Charlie didn't wake up. I'm so glad we're all alive and I'm so proud of Charlie, he's so brave.

"He did everything he was taught at school and that education helped save our lives."

The mother-of-four said although the family had lost everything, the most important thing was that they were all alive.

"It's really hard to look at the house and know that we've lost everything but the main thing is that all my kids are alive," she said.

"I've been renting the house for three years, it was our home but we're looking for another one now.

"I just want to get my children another home and I never want to see a fire again."

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the cause of fire was unknown, due to the amount of damage to the house.

Helping hand

You can help Charlie Miller and his family. A friend of Briony Miller's has created a fundraising page to help the Millers pay for a house bond on a new rental.

The bond goal is $2000.

$1995 has been raised by community members so far.

To make a donation to the Miller family visit

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