No one injured in Queenstown house blaze

Top floor of house burnt out

BROOKE GARDINER AND DEBBIE JAMIESON
Last updated 07:39 15/09/2012
Queenstown house fire
Southland Times

BLAZE: A house fire was extinguished in Queenstown this morning around 6am.

Queenstown house fire
HANNAH DONOGHUE
INFERNO: The house engulfed in flames before firefighters arrived.

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A massive house fire in Queenstown yesterday woke residents and kept the Queenstown Fire Brigade busy.

Emergency services received multiple calls about 5.50am and initial thoughts were that someone was trapped in the Glasgow St house, a fire communications spokesman said.

Three trucks attended from Queenstown and one from Frankton to find it "well-ablaze".

However, it was quickly extinguished and no one was found to be inside.

Queenstown Deputy Fire Chief Terry O'Connell said it was an unoccupied house.

"The whole top floor is pretty well burnt out."

Ana Plaza who lived next door to the house said she was terrified.

She was sleeping at the time and woken by the noise and flames close to her home.

 "I hope nothing like that happens again. It was terrible," she said.

She took her passport, hand bag and a dog she was looking after and ran from the house with her two flatmates.

Fire safety was attending and there was no indication of the cause at this stage.

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