Neighbours save man from blaze

A MINDEN family has been left with just the clothes on their back after a fire completely destroyed their home.

Nickki and Daniel Hesse received a call from neighbours on Tuesday morning telling them their house was ablaze.

Mrs Hesse's thoughts immediately turned to her father and pets who were both inside the house at the time.

"We have lost everything . . . we have lived here for 14 years and it is all gone," she said.

"Dad was in the shed and there was an explosion of sorts in the house and he tried to get inside to get the animals out.

"We lost all our birds and one of our dogs, Missy, was severely burnt in the fire and is just hanging on."

Emergency services were alerted to the fire on Zabels Road North at 9.40am with initial reports a man had been trapped inside.

Mrs Hesse said her father, Gordon Williams, 64, had run inside the house in a bid to get the family pets to safety.

She said two neighbours had to pin him to the ground to stop him from entering the house a second time.

"He was taken to hospital with some burns to his face and arms," she said.

"He is in a fair bit of shock and does not really remember too much of what happened.

"I will be forever grateful to my neighbours who stopped Dad from going inside again and provided First Aid until the ambulance arrived."

Ms Hesse said everything was insured and family and friends had already started to rally around them.

She said she was just thankful her father was not killed in the blaze.

"We will definitely look at rebuilding here because we like the area," she said.

"We were very lucky . . . it could have been a whole lot worse and with a very different and tragic outcome."

The blaze was the second in as many days after a business in the West Link Business Park was completely guttered on Monday afternoon.

Queensland Fire and Rescue investigations are underway to determine the cause of both fires.

TOTAL LOSS: A Minden family has lost everything after a blaze tore through the family home leaving them with just the clothes on their backs.
TOTAL LOSS: A Minden family has lost everything after a blaze tore through the family home leaving them with just the clothes on their backs. DAVID NIELSEN


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