The annoying reason firefighters were delayed putting out a house fire that injured a woman and two young children
- A family of four at Coorparoo’s home, in Brisbane, went up in flames at 3 a.m. on Friday
- A mother in her 30s was transferred to Royal Brisbane hospital with severe leg burns
- Two girls aged three and five were hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation
- Firefighters had to dig in bitumen to access fire hydrants covered during road works
- QFES inspector Rohan Wilschefsk said it was lucky they had already escaped
A family who has ended up in an inferno is lucky enough to be alive after firefighters were forced to tunnel in bitumen to access fire hydrants covered during recent road works.
A woman in her 30s and two young girls were injured after their home in Coorparoo, Brisbane, went up in flames just after 3 a.m. on Friday morning.
The mother was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital with severe leg burns, while the father, 32, was treated on the spot for minor injuries.
Their daughters were taken to Brisbane Children’s Hospital, where the five-year-old was treated for arm burns and the three-year-old for smoke inhalation.
A woman in their thirties and two young girls were injured when their home in Coorparoo went up in flames just after 3 a.m. on Friday morning. Pictured: emergency services on site
The family of four escaped from a window with the help of neighbors when the fire engulfed their home in Kitchener St, 9 News reports.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Inspector Rohan Wilschefsk said it was fortunate that everyone escaped before firefighters arrived, as the re-emergence of the road last week had blocked the hydrants.
“ The sidewalk had gone over the hydrants, so when the crew arrived, they couldn’t find them or access them, ” he told the Courier mail.
“It wasn’t until urban utilities came and told us where the hydrants were located that we were able to dig them up and access those hydrants.”
“We were just lucky everyone went out before we got here.”
Inspector Wilschefsck said crews had to stretch their hoses to other fire hydrants in neighboring streets, causing delays.
Despite their efforts, the house was completely destroyed in addition to two other units within the apartment building and an adjacent house was also damaged.
The four families who have become homeless are assisted by the fire brigade in finding accommodation.
The police have set up a crime scene and the fire is being treated as suspicious.
The investigation is ongoing.
The inferno (photo) destroyed four properties, leaving several families homeless