Wayne Parry of the Fire and Rescue Service outside the Buzacott Street house which caught fire in Park Avenue.
Wayne Parry of the Fire and Rescue Service outside the Buzacott Street house which caught fire in Park Avenue. Sharyn O'Neill

Man's actions halt fire damage

THE smell of smoke sent a bare foot and shirtless Danny Williams running down the street.

About 5.10pm on Wednesday he scampered a few doors along Buzacott St, North Rockhampton, to find smoke and flames billowing from a house.

"There was another neighbour who was hosing from the bottom of the two-storey house, but it didn't look like it was doing much to stop the fire," Danny told The Morning Bulletin.

Danny ran up the front stairs and got the man to pass the hose up to him.

He then kicked in the locked door and doused the flames as best he could before fire fighters arrived.

"I was just thinking what if someone was in there," Danny said.

"You can't just stand around when something like that happens."

As it turned out there was no-one inside the house and fire fighters were on scene about 5.15pm.

They had the blaze under control by 5.46pm.

One bystander was treated on scene for burns to the legs and taken to Rockhampton Hospital.

It was unknown how the burns were sustained.

Although Danny was reluctant to be named a hero, fire station officer Wayne Parry said if it wasn't for his quick thinking and courageous actions, the outcome could have been much worse.

"He saved the house," Mr Parry said.

"His effort held the fire from getting much worse."

The top floor was substantially damaged and police were not treating the fire as suspicious.



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