Woman, 77, fights for life after house fire

Firefighters were still putting out the last embers of the fire around 6.45am
Firefighters were still putting out the last embers of the fire around 6.45am Matthew Newton

UPDATE: An elderly woman is fighting for her life after a devastating house fire in Chinchilla.

The woman, 77, and another man, 79, will be airlifted to Brisbane for treatment as investigations continue this morning.

The woman suffered life-threatening injuries after flames jumped from the wood heater she had been trying to light inside the home with methylated spirits, police said.

Initial investigations suggest the fire spread to the woman's body, resulting in the serious injuries.

The 79-year-old man suffered serious injuries while attempting to extinguish the fire.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Chinchilla Scenes of Crime and Criminal Investigation Branch officers are investigating the scene as the pair prepare to be airlifted to a Brisbane hospital.

8AM: Flames had already crept through the ceiling of a Chinchilla home when fire crews arrived early this morning to battle the blaze.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Dalby Area Command Inspector Warren Buckley said the house was fully involved when crews arrived about 4am.

The two occupants, in their 70s, had already escaped the Glasson St fire with injuries.

Inp. Buckley said initial investigations led firefighters to believe a flammable liquid had been too close to a fire, causing the blaze.

"So we're taking this opportunity to let people know winter isn't finished," he said.

"Internal fireplaces are still going, heaters are still going and (we're reminding residents) to keep flammable liquids well and truly away. Yeah, it's avoidable."

Firefighters were still putting out the last embers of the fire around 6.45am on Glasson St, Chinchilla, this morning.
Firefighters were still putting out the last embers of the fire around 6.45am on Glasson St, Chinchilla, this morning. Matthew Newton

7.40AM: An elderly couple have escaped a house fire with serious burns injuries.

Two patients were transported to Chinchilla Hospital in a stable condition after their Glasson St house caught fire.

One patient, a woman in her 70s, had second degree burns to her upper body and hand.

A second patient, a man in his 70s, had burns to his hand and smoke inhalation.

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the house was completely destroyed.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 4.02am today.

Two firefighting crews remain at the scene.

Investigations into the fire will continue today.


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