Station cottage destroyed by blaze
FLAMES lit up the Lochington night sky on Saturday as a 50-year-old workers’ cottage was gutted by fire.
The building, on Ducabrook Station, was only 50 metres from the main homestead where a young family with three small children was preparing dinner when they saw an orange glow out the window.
Anakie officer-in-charge Sergeant Brad Cowell said it took emergency services an hour to respond to the blaze, which started around 8pm.
“The family immediately called triple zero, neighbours and friends, who all responded,” he said.
“Being such an isolated property it took an hour for emergency services to arrive in the QFRS and QAS from Springsure and police from Anakie.
“The owners, neighbours and friends tried hard to stop the fire but unfortunately it had a stranglehold on the building and couldn’t be saved.”
Sgt Cowell said while no-one was in the house when the fire broke out, it was fully furnished and all possessions were lost.
“It was a tragedy to see a hard-working young family suffer from the loss of a station dwelling,” he added.
“The property was insured and it will hopefully cover the cost of the loss.”
Investigators said the cause of the fire was most likely a faulty kitchen appliance.
The QFRS is urging residents in Central Queensland to remain vigilant and prepare for possible grass fires with a very high fire danger rating issued for several areas this week. A high to very high fire danger rating has been forecast this week for areas including Longreach, Winton, Emerald, Clermont, Moranbah and Blackall.