THE REMAINS: Firefighters worked well into the morning yesterday to make the site safe.
THE REMAINS: Firefighters worked well into the morning yesterday to make the site safe. Caitlin Marshall

Smoke alarm saves life as another Mackay home lost to flames

A 66-YEAR-OLD man was lucky to escape when his North Mackay home went up in flames - the sixth fire in as many weeks in the Mackay region.

The man was discharged from Mackay Base Hospital yesterday afternoon after being treated for smoke inhalation.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Services are investigating what caused the fire, with a smoke alarm alerting the man to the blaze about 4.20am yesterday when he was able to escape uninjured.

Two weeks ago, a tragic fire in Farleigh claimed the life of a Mackay man, and the same morning children were saved by a neighbour from a house fire in Oysterlee St, Beaconsfield.

Fire also destroyed a home on Barrow Hill Rd, Habana last Wednesday, and a kitchen in a North Mackay unit was damaged by fire last Tuesday.

The blazes come after a fire on June 19 left a family in Moranbah homeless.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Services Inspector Russell Collier said some of the fires were still under investigation, while others had been accidental in nature.

"I don't believe there's any connection between any of the fires that have occurred in Mackay over the last couple of months," he said.

Mr Collier said house fires were more common in winter all over the country.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Mackay Superintendent Steve DePinto said it was important to be safety conscious during the cooler months.

"My message to the people of Mackay is make sure you install a working smoke alarm, change the battery regularly and be mindful that many fires start in winter," he said.

The Queensland Ambulance Service yesterday attended a grass fire on Mackay and Creek Sts at Eton that was extinguished by the afternoon.

Smoke alarms

  • Stay safe at home with correct installation
  • All homes should be fitted with photoelectric type smoke alarms.
  • Alarms should be located on each level of living space, outside each bedroom and in every bedroom.
  • Avoid installing smoke alarms near windows, doors, fans or air conditioners and in kitchens.
     

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