Family loses ‘everything’ in devastating house fire
UPDATE: HOMEOWNER Rick Eales and his family have been left with the clothes on their backs after fire completely gutted their home.
Mr Eales, a carer for his wife who is on a disability pension said they'd lost everything including his wife's wheelchair and equipment for their small business running children's parties.
But Mr Eales was thankful to bystanders who rushed to his family's side and helped them escape the blaze.
He said without their efforts his family may not have gotten out alive.
Police are investigating reports of a group of kids running away from the scene after the fire broke out.
UPDATE: KADIK Ghee thought he had "failed" after he was unable to put out a house fire while the house owner, Rick Eales, and his family escaped.
The owner's wife and two kids and pet dogs were able to escape before the flames took hold.
Mr Ghee started hosing the garage after old furniture began going up.
"I felt bad like I failed," Mr Ghee said.
He broke the fence to free two other dogs and stayed hosing until a large explosion happened "right next" to him. He left after that.
Mick Eales, father of the homeowner, Rick, said his son's family had lost everything and were not insured.
They'd been living at the home for about 10 years.
He said he'd heard kids had thrown something over the fence just before the fire started but hadn't had that confirmed.
Rick's wife's wheelchair was burnt in the fire.
ORIGINAL: A HOUSE and car has been destroyed by a fire.
Witness Michael Woodhouse was alerted to the fire on the corner of Clint St and Gladys St, Kelso after he heard a loud explosion about 1pm.
"It was loud enough to be heard 4-500 metres away," Mr Woodhouse said.
"We were at the dog park and heard explosions.
"A couple of dogs, with the explosions, go off … jumping fences."
Mr Woodhouse said a man escaped the inferno.
"The bloke got out all right, he didn't look too stressed," he said
"I think he's lost a lot. It was a house and car."
Police have set up a crime scene and detectives are on scene.
There are at least 12 firefighters on scene, nearby the entrance of Charles Moroney Park.
Ergon crews have just arrived.
Mr Woodhouse said there was about 20 witnesses nearby.