Warwick couple loses everything in inferno

A Warwick home was destroyed after a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.
A Warwick home was destroyed after a fire in the early hours of Saturday morning. Erin Smith

UPDATE: A Warwick couple has lost everything to an inferno that tore through their family home while they lay in bed.

Firefighters arrived at the Warner St home within 14 minutes of receiving an emergency call at 5.10am on Saturday.

It was already too late.

Owners Raylene and Graham Swain told the Warwick Daily News about the terrifying ordeal.

The first indication that something was wrong was when the lights turned off.

"I thought someone had run into the power pole out the front of the house," Mrs Swain said.

They raced outside with torches but there was no car crash to be seen.

Mr Warner was in the kitchen when he noticed a hole in the floor.

"He just screamed, 'Quick! Get out! The house is on fire! Get out, get out!" Mrs Swain said.

"The fire alarm wasn't going off so I didn't think it could be too big of a fire.

"But then there was just black smoke everywhere."

Firefighters were unable to save this Warwick home.
Firefighters were unable to save this Warwick home. Erin Smith

Mr Swain lost his wife in the smoke, unaware that she had left to call the fire brigade.

When the air finally became too suffocating, he stopped searching and ran to his neighbour's house with the worst-case scenario in his mind.

"But the neighbours ran out and said, 'it is okay, Raylene is here, she is calling triple zero," Mrs Swain said.

The couple was treated for smoke inhalation and returned to their home later on Saturday.

Authorities believe the fire was started by a spark from a power box under the house, which caused the petrol tank of a nearby mower to explode.

SATURDAY 1PM:  Warwick fire authorities are still investigating the cause of a blaze which severely damaged a house in Warner St in the early hours of this morning.

Firefighters were called to the 162 Warner St home at 5am.

Two people had been evacuated but escaped injury.

The rear of the house received substantial fire damage.

Crews left the scene in the hands of investigators at 9am.



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