A fireman searches through the wreckage of the building as the family's dog looks on

January 19, 2013

Fire completely destroyed a family home at Hoopers Road, Inverlaw, this morning.

Fire brigades received the call at 11:35am and rushed to the scene, but found a wood and fibro house fully engulfed in flames.

Flames had also spread to an adjoining building, made of cement blocks.

About one-third of this building has also been gutted, with severe smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the structure.

The corrugated iron roof collapsed on the first building and this building has been totally destroyed.

Both urban and rural fire crews attended the blaze.

Crews remained on scene for several hours dampening down the site.

Kingaroy Station Officer Bruce Groer said the fire is believed to have started at the rear of the first building but the cause is yet to be determined.

A careful search of the property by firefighters confirmed no one was at home during the fire; relatives were attempting to contact the owners.

The family’s pet dogs survived the blaze but two cats are missing.

The cottage at the rear of the property was destroyed; about one-third of the front building was also gutted
Firefighter Alex Johnson, from Kingaroy station, takes a rest and rehydrates; Stuart River rural brigade joined Kingaroy urban brigade in fighting the fire which occurred as the temperatures soared
Firefighters carefully searched the wreckage of the burned out buildings