Harrowing night of fire prompts calls for more help
ALTHOUGH their home was badly damaged in an overnight blaze, Brett and Bec Bidstrup know that it could have been much worse.
At about 1.30am on the morning of February 28, the couple were awoken by a loud bang.
A fire had started in the roof of their home, west of Condamine, and the Bidstrups were quickly on the job.
"I jumped on the roof and Bec handed me the hose," Mr Bidstrup said.
"Things were going well, until I hopped on the other side of the roof and burnt my feet."
Thankfully, neighbours arrived with a water truck, and the blaze was eventually extinguished.
"If it wasn't for the truck being full of water and ready to go, we would have had to walk away," Mr Bidstrup said.
It was a painful experience for Mr Bidstrup, who suffered second-degree burns to his feet and spent the next four days in hospital.
"It hurt like hell but I couldn't stop," he said.
Two auxiliary fire-fighters from Miles attended the incident and ensured the blaze had fully subsided.
Mrs Bidstrup was full of praise for the fire-fighters - Mitchell Goodchild and Ken Brown - and urged more people to join the struggling rural brigades.
"Their service is crucial, and many people wouldn't realise until they actually need them," she said.
"They made sure that everything at our property was safe and sound."
Mr Bidstrup said it could take up to four months to fully restore the house.
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