An elderly man has died and another left homeless after a ferocious fire tore through two duplex properties in Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
Emergency fire crews were called to a home in Sandgate today after concerned neighbours noticed smoke streaming out from inside the property.
“It was moving pretty fast – it all went up pretty quickly,” witness Rebecca Micallef told 9News.
Firefighters had to knock down the front door to gain access to the home before they found a 64-year-old resident unconscious on the bathroom floor. He was unable to be revived.
“It’s always difficult for firefighters when they enter a building. They go in there hoping not to find someone but when they do, they do their best to preserve the life and bring them out,” Inspector Simon Evans said.
Neighbours told 9News the 64-year-old had lived alone in the home since his wife died earlier this year.
“It’s really sad when it’s in your community,” Ms Micallef said.
“It’s just horrible that someone was in there.”
The blaze that engulfed the first home soon jumped to a neighbouring unit where a 71-year-old man was pulled out by nearby residents.
Known only as Neville, the man escaped without injuries but the blaze destroyed the majority of his belongings inside the property.
9News understands Neville is tonight staying in emergency accommodation. It is unclear how long he will need to remain there.
Fire investigators remain on the scene tonight, however the blaze is not believed to be suspicious.
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