Timely arrival halts blaze

ROSIE Stover used a garden hose to stop a grassfire that threatened several homes in North Rockhampton yesterday.

Having just returned from Brisbane, the 24-year-old scurried across the grass in her thongs and quickly grabbed the hose and turned it onto a fire that was burning just metres from the back fence of her Cant Street home.

She held the flames at bay until firefighters arrived a short time later.

“We saw the smoke just as we got back from Brisbane and jumped out of our Jeep,” Ms Stover said.

“A neighbour ran over with the hose fitting for us,” she said.

Ms Stover said she was worried about their chooks behind the fence.

“The fire was moving fast, so we were lucky to keep it from spreading and hitting the fence.”

She said she and her partner, Beck Agius, lived in the house, which backed onto Glenmore State School, and in the time they had been there, they knew of about five fires in the area - some deliberately lit.

Police investigations proved that the fire was deliberately lit by a couple of children in the neighbourhood.



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