'Gutted': Family loses everything in Cherbourg house fire
A CHERBOURG family of eight are lucky to be alive after a fire engulfed their home last night.
Four fire crews, as well as paramedics, police and Ergon energy attended a house fire reported on Cobbo Street at 7.10pm on Saturday April 6.
Captain at Cherbourg Fire Station, Cameron Bond said the fire 'completely gutted' the Cherbourg home.
"There is extensive damage to the property," he said.
"Also the two vehicles close to the house had moderate damage.
"It was pretty full on."
The cause of the fire was still undetermined however it is believed to have begun in one of the bedrooms.
Mr Bond praised his hard working fire fighting crews as well as crews from Murgon and Wondai who assisted with the blaze.
"A big shout out to all the crews that were there. Everyone works well together," he said.
"We were there within seven minutes which is roughly our normal response time.
"The next two or three crews were only a minute behind."
No injuries were reported and no damage to surrounding properties.
Captain Bond said this was a timely reminder to all South Burnett residents to be prepared in the unlikely event of a fire.
"Make sure you have working smoke alarms," he said.
"Thankfully this family did, which alerted them but unfortunately the fire had already taken hold."
"Have a fire emergency plan," he said.
"And nobody should ever go back into a burning building."
"Let the fire fighters deal with that."