Family who lost their newly-renovated home to a house fire believe it was started by a jug of water sitting in direct sunlight
A family who lost their newly-renovated home to a fire believe it was sparked by a jug of water sitting in direct sunlight on top of a dog kennel.
Security vision from Joel Quioc’s backyard in the Perth suburb of Ellenbrook last week shows the jug of water smouldering after heat reflected onto a window.
Minutes later, the wooden kennel erupts into the flames as the family dog Mylo starts barking to raise the alarm.
Mr Quioc’s mum arrived home shortly after walking her teenage grandson to school to find the smoke wafting around the house, grabbing the dog and calling triple-0.
‘The sunlight had caught the jug of water and acted as a magnifying glass,’ Joel Quioc told Seven News.
Joel Quioc (pictured with his mum) and his family had to find alternative accommodation after losing most of their possessions in a horror house blaze
‘I know it’s outrageous, even my wife thought it was.’
The family lost most of their possessions after the blaze caused extensive damage to the kitchen, loungeroom and bedroom, despite firefighters’ best efforts to contain the fire.
Mr Quioc was on jury duty at the time of the blaze while wife Donna was at work.
‘We’ve just done some renovations so to come home to that was devastating,’ Mr Quioc said.
The Quiocs managed to find a furnished rental home which they’ve moved into for the next six months.
But it could be up to a year before the family can move back into the home with a supply crisis currently plaguing the building industry.
Fire investigators said the cause of the fire remains unclear and believe there could have been several ignition sources, including electronical devices which were nearby.
The family believes a jug of water sitting on top of Mylo’s kennel sparked the blaze
Perth’s Ellenbrook community have rallied around Joel, his wife Donna and son Tyler
Firefighters have been called to 249 structure blazes across WA in the last two months alone, 60 more than the same period last year.
The community has rallied behind the Quiocs and set up an online fundraiser to help replace their possessions and rebuild their lives.
‘If you are lucky enough to know them you know what I mean when I say they are aa true gift to our community and I wish there were more people like them out there,’ a friend wrote on the page.
‘We know times are tough right now for everyone but if we can all manage a little we can do a lot for this beautiful family to get them back on their feet.
Before and after photos show the extensive damage to the Quiocs’ newly renovated home