Two dead, more injured in spate of deadly blazes
THE final month of winter has been one wrought with tragedy after a spate of house fires across the district and wider Queensland.
Six fires ranging from deadly infernos to minor garage blazes have been reported across the south-west region in August.
As a Chinchilla woman, 77, fights for her life in a Brisbane hospital, we take a look back at a month of tragedy and devastation.
Today: Glasson St, Chinchilla
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.
August 28: Bringalily Creek Rd, Bringalily
AN ELECTRIC blanket is believed to have sparked a fire which razed a rented timber home on a rural Bringalily block about 6.15pm Sunday.
A 16-year-old boy escaped with minor burns after trying to extinguish the blaze. Millmerran police Senior Constable Hans Van Kempen said the fire started in a bedroom of the old-style timber Queenslander home on stumps.
He said the teen dragged the blanket to the kitchen area and tried to extinguish it before running outside for the garden hose but the fire had taken hold inside.
He said the house was rented by the teen and his father who lost all possessions.
The fire is not considered suspicious.
August 22: Rob St, Newtown
A NEWTOWN home was gutted in a midnight blaze thought to have ignited by a spark from a wood fireplace inside the Rob St house.
The homeowner said he woke to the sound of crackling to find his home filled with smoke and growing flames about 12.15am on August 22.
The man was assessed and cleared by paramedics and had gone to stay with family before fire crews were called back to the house when the fire reignited about 5am by embers in the roof.
August 20: Wantley St, Warwick
WARWICK man Nick Czugaj died in a tragic house fire thought to have been ignited by a cigarette in a Wantley St home on August 20.
Mr Czugaj had been caring for his elderly mother who was away from the home in hospital at the time fire broke out about 6.40pm.
The fire engulfed the home within minutes, blocking the initial entry of firefighters when the roof collapsed.
Crews battled for hours to contain the fire, with the body of Mr Czugaj discovered in the rubble the next day.
August 19: Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into how a deadly blaze started in a converted bus in which a 47-year-old man died.
Emergency services were called to the Atkinson Dam Waterfront Caravan Park just after 4am on August 19 after the fire took hold in the bus converted into a cabin.
A woman escaped the blaze and a search started after it emerged a man was missing, feared dead.
His body was recovered later that morning.
It was the second devastating fire at the caravan park in as many years, and investigations are continuing into the cause.
Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
August 4: Wilsonton, Toowoomba
BETTY Davison was shocked at how quickly a fire tore through the garage of her Bridge St unit the morning of August 4.
Mrs Davison had been on her way to work when her car wouldn't start, so went inside to organise a lift.
Within minutes of walking back outside, smoke was billowing from her garage.
She escaped uninjured and thankful for the rapid response of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services units.