PHOTOS: Christmas carols a success despite destroyed shed
A CROWD of more than 750 were on hand to cheer and thank the two tiny children who helped save Christmas.
The carols that is.
Henry and Gloria Scire were honoured on stage for their part in ensuring the fire which broke out at the Hervey Bay Historical Museum and Village did not spread further than the sheds which were destroyed.
Gloria, 7, and Henry, 5, were outside playing on Tuesday night when they smelt smoke and ran to get their parents, who called 000.
"Me and Henry were decorating the Christmas tree and then my brother smelled the smoke first," Gloria said.
For their efforts, Gloria and Henry were bought on stage at the annual Carols in the Village event to thank the pair for their quick actions.
Thanks to Gloria and Henry, firefighters were able to get on scene before the fire spread, meaning the volunteer group was still able to hold the sing-along at the village.
Hervey Bay Historical Museum and Village president John Andersen said this year's event had been such an outstanding success that volunteers had to go buy more food twice throughout the evening.
"It was a pretty special night," Mr Andersen said.
"It was absolutely crowded in our village green area," he said.
Mr Andersen said since the fire the group had been overwhelmed with offers of support to help replace the tools lost in the gutted workshop.
In a twist to the evening, the main guest, Santa, arrived in a 1930s fire truck before checking up to see if the children had been naughty or nice.