Fire has destroyed two Queenslander houses at Paddington on Sunday morning. Photo: Wendy Hughes Police closed Warmington St and some surrounding streets while the fire was brought under control. Photo: Wendy Hughes
The fire sent smoke across the city as Brisbane awoke on Sunday morning. Photo: Wendy Hughes
Fire crews were called around 5.30am to the blaze which engulfed two houses. Photo: Supplied
A Paddington cafe has set-up a donation jar for the local residents whose homes were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.
Owner of Remy’s Dane Huitfeldt said the sister of one of his employees had been living in one of the Queenslanders and after the fire gutted two houses, he had started fundraising.
“Paddington is a fairly community-orientated suburb,” he said.
“We might organise something a little bit more official and maybe hold an actual fundraising event later if the family is happy for us to do that on their behalf,” he said.
“I’m one of the partner’s at a restaurant a few doors down and we will probably do a fundraiser there as well.” A cafe around the corner from the Paddington house fire have started a collection pic.twitter苏州美甲美睫培训学校/x4IIEARDxN— Casey Briggs (@CaseyBriggs) September 3, 2016
Queensland Fire Service was called to the fire which had started in a Warmington St house and caught onto the neighbouring house shortly after 5.30am on Sunday. Fire crews worked for an hour to control the blaze and prevent it from spreading to surrounding properties which were evacuated.
It is believed all occupants managed to escape without serious injury, but two people were treated at the scene for minor injuries, including a fire officer suffering heat exhaustion.
Acting Inspector Chris Ryan said the homes on both sides and at the rear of the two houses, numbers 25 and 25A, were evacuated. Twelve fire crews attended and brought the blaze under control at 6.39am.
One local resident said his girlfriend woke him up and alerted him to the fire.
“I was mortified – I couldn’t believe I had slept through it with all the fire trucks in the street.”
A Queensland Fire Service spokeswoman said both houses had suffered structural collapse.
Friends of the uninsured occupants of one of the houses started a Go Fund Me page to help them, and by 7pm on Sunday had already gathered more than $21,000 in pledged support.
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