A fire has destroyed a house on Peatey St, Kepnock. Photo: Ben Turnbull
A fire has destroyed a house on Peatey St, Kepnock. Photo: Ben Turnbull

Investigations into cause of house fire continue

UPDATE: 11.45AM: FIREFIGHTERS expect a Peatey St house will have to be demolished after a fire ripped through the Kepnock home on Tuesday morning.

Bundaberg Fire Station Officer Andrew McCracken said they received multiple Triple 0 calls about 8.20am.

"On arrival we found a brick home with flames coming from every opening - windows, doors," he said.

"At that stage the fire was still contained within the roof, the fire hadn't breached the roof.

"We put two firefighters in breathing apparatus and they made an external attack and then an internal attack and we also used another hose line to protect the exposure on the downward side - the house next door."

Mr McCracken said in total eight firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control.

"We used three breathing apparatus teams of two to internally attack the fire," he said.

"We had the fire under control in about 15 minutes and totally out within 40."

Mr McCracken said the home was so damaged he expects it will need to be knocked down.

"I would say it will have to be demolished because of the severe heat and fire damage to the brick components and all the timber components are destroyed," he said.

Mr MCracken said police were sending a scientific team from Brisbane to join a fire investigator in trying to determine what caused the fire.

He said at this stage it was too badly damaged to say what caused the blaze, but he said it appeared it started near or in the lounge room.

UPDATE 11.30AM:  BUNDABERG Police and Queensland Fire Service along with the scientific squad from Brisbane are investigating the cause of the fire which destroyed a home in Kepnock this morning. 

Senior Sergeant Irwin Hoffman said it was still too hot to go inside the house to find the cause of the fire.   

"At this stage we don't have anything," he said.   

"We can't say if it was suspicious or not yet."  

A neighbour across the road heard loud bangs and saw smoke coming from the house about 8.20am.  

He saw a man throwing gas bottles out of the window as the fire took hold and he raised the alarm by calling triple zero.   

"There was fire coming out of the left window," he said.   

Another witness said the fire took hold fast and by 8.30am the house was gone.   

Police searched a number of cars in the street after the fire, investigations are continuing. 

Police urged anyone with information to call the Bundaberg Police Station on 4153 9111.  

UPDATE 9.45AM: A BUNDABERG family has lost everything in a fierce blaze which engulfed a home this morning.

Tina, whose daughter Jasmine lived in the home, said her daughter and fiance Mick were preparing to move house and had now lost everything.

"My daughter is being treated by the ambulance, I have had the chance to speak with her," she said. 

"She was pretty shaken up.

"What ever they had they have now lost."

Tina said the pair and their dog were lucky to escape but there were fears for the pet snakes, blue tongue lizard and guinea pigs. 


A witness said he saw smoke billowing from the brick residence in the small cul de sac.

Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics are treating people on the scene. 

There were reports a person was in the house at the time of the fire.

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Roads have been blocked because of smoke.

Residents are being urged to stay away from the area.

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