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Overnight in southeast Queensland two separate house fires broke out, a motel was evacuated and a man on a separate property was lucky to escape with his life from the blaze.
Multiple fire crews were called to the burning single storey house just after 12.30am where it took nearly four hours to extinguish, leaving the house completely destroyed. A 40-year-old man was the only person home at the time.
Police have said he had fallen asleep on the lounge in front of a bar heater and woke up to the sounds of smoke detectors. He was lucky to escape free of injury.
This is a good reminder of how in spite of the wet weather we still need to be cautious of open fire and heaters of any form.
Investigations of the cause of the fires are still undergoing, although it is thought they could be linked to a heater.
Many winter fires are caused by faulty gas heaters or having portable heaters placed too close to furniture. To avoid your heater triggering a fire ensure you have it serviced at least once every two years.