Couple heartbroken as fire destroys home
YESTERDAY was the scariest moment of Donna A'Court's life when she had to jump out of her bedroom window to escape a fire that completely destroyed her Deuchar home.
Mrs A'Court and her husband Tony are lucky to be alive and uninjured after the blaze destroyed their house and everything they owned.
Allora firefighters received a call to the Quigleys Rd home about 4.40am yesterday, but their efforts were in vain as the house was completely engulfed in flames.
Friend Hazel Adams was on hand for support, as Mrs A'Court combed through the wreckage of her house of 17 years.
"I'm absolutely shocked and devastated," Mrs Adams said.
"There's nothing left."
Mrs A'Court said her husband was first to be woken up by the smoke alarm.
"He opened the door and the heat and smoke just came in," she recalled.
The couple had to escape via the bedroom window, which must have been a struggle for Mr A'Court who is terminally ill.
He has to take about 11 medications a day - all of which burnt in the blaze.
"I had my council rates money in the house," Mrs A'Court said.
"I don't know what I'm going to do, it's due on Friday."
"It just doesn't feel real."
Mr A'Court is on a disability pension and his wife of 23 years is his carer.
Thankfully, the A'Courts do have building and contents insurance, but it is unsure when insurance investigations will be completed.
Lieutenant Peter Koina from the Allora Fire Brigade was first on scene and said the smoke alarm saved the couple's lives."They probably would have perished if it wasn't for the detectors," he said.
QFRS fire inspector Graham Cooke said they cannot conclusively say what caused the blaze, but they do know it originated in the lounge room.
"We suspect an accidental cause… there's no suspicion," Inspector Cooke said.
"The damage was so complete around the house that it will be very difficult to say a precise cause.
"The positive is that the operational smoke alarms had given the occupants sufficient warning to evacuate the house."
About 41,800 litres of water was dumped on the blaze, with firefighters also using water out of the nearby dam.
With two serious house fires in as many weeks, firefighters are asking residents to be careful with wood heaters and overloaded powerboards.
If you would like to help the A'Courts or donate basic items such as clothes and toiletries, phone Donna on 0468 417 767 or Hazel on 0412 096 144.