Crews on scene at a house fire in Sunshine Acres.
Crews on scene at a house fire in Sunshine Acres. Carlie Walker

Smoke alarms may have saved three lives during house fire

UPDATE, 8.50PM: A fire alarm may have saved three lives in Sunshine Acres on Thursday night.

Ben Brown, a station officer from Torquay Fire Station, said the three occupants in the home had been alerted to the blaze when the alarm went off.

It had started in another room in the home and the house was quickly engulfed by flames.

Fire crews from both Torquay and Maryborough responded to the fire.

"On arrival we found the house well alight," he said.

All three occupants of the home had escaped the home when crews arrived at the scene.

There had been challenges when it came to extinguishing the fire.

"It has been a tricky fire for us due to water supply," Officer Brown said.

With no reticulated water supply, crews had to source water from local dams to extinguish the blaze.

Concerns about the stability of the roof had also hampered fire crews at one stage.

"It did look like the roof was going to come down at one stage," he said.

An investigation into the fire will be carried out, but at this stage it is not believed to be suspicious, Officer Brown said.

With such heavy fire damage, it was not always possible to determine how a fire started, he said.

He said it was an reminder that smoke detectors saved lives.

"That smoke detector gave them the earliest possible notification of the fire," Officer Brown said.

"They weren't in the room of origin at the time from reports, they were alerted to that fact, saw the flames and were able to get out."

UPDATE, 8PM: Two people have been treated by paramedics at the scene of a house fire at Condor Dr at Sunshine Acres.

At this stage neither patient, a man and a woman, will need to be taken to hospital, a spokesman from the Queensland Ambulance Service said.

It is understood one had been treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Several fire crews remain at the scene where heavy smoke is continuing to pour from the home.

EARLIER: Paramedics are at the scene of a house fire at Condor Dr, Sunshine Acres.

One person is being treated for smoke inhalation.

A second person at the scene has escaped unharmed.

The fire started about 6.15pm.

A spokesman from the Queensland Ambulance Service said the house was well alight. 

The house is believed to an older Queenslander.

A spokesman from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said firefighters were fighting the flames from outside the home because of concerns about the stability of the roof.