HOME DESTROYED: Fire engulfed a Mondure home overnight.
HOME DESTROYED: Fire engulfed a Mondure home overnight. Tessa Mapstone

Man escapes house fire after being woken by his pet cat

A MONDURE home was burnt to the ground in the early hours of the morning.

It was the third house in the South Burnett to be destroyed by fire in one week.

Fire fighters were called to the home west of Murgon just after 2am and by the time they arrived the high-set timber structure was fully engulfed in flames.

The fire started in the front corner of the home and investigations will be conducted to determine what caused the fire.

Murgon Fire Brigade Lieutenant Jim Dennis said one man was sleeping in the house when the fire broke out.

"The guy in the house said the cat jumped on him and woke him up and he heard the smoke alarm was going off," he said.

"He ran outside and by the time he got out it (the fire) was too bad for him to get back in again.

"The cat ran back inside and he went back in to save it but it followed him out so he was lucky."

The man was lucky to escape the fire with his life and his cat, but the home and its contents were completely destroyed.

Two Murgon Fire Brigade crews, one from Poston and the Mondure Rural Fire Brigade worked until 6am to put the fire out and prevented the spread to a nearby shed and other homes in the village. 

The man told fire fighters he recently had a mains smoke alarm installed.