February 28, 2021
A man has been airlifted to hospital with critical burns following a gas explosion and fire at a house in Murgon on Sunday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the brick veneer house on the corner of Tiernan Terrace and Goodchild Drive at 1:56pm.
Five fire crews found the home well-involved in flames upon their arrival.
Shattered window glass from the explosion was spread across the road and on to the roofs of houses on the other side of the street.
A police spokesperson said neighbours pulled the injured man – believed to be aged in his 60s – out of the burning building.
QAS paramedics assisted him at the scene before transporting him by ambulance to the nearby Murgon Hospital.
An RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter then airlifted the man, who suffered extensive burns, to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Glass shards could be found almost 100 metres from the blast, but fortunately no one else was injured by the explosion.
Firefighters had the fire out by about 2:15pm but continued dampening down hot spots for another 15 minutes.
A fire investigator was later called to the scene.
A QFES spokesperson said initial investigations suggested the blast was linked to a gas heater.