Acacia Ridge fire: Dog’s barking wakes family to burning home

Firefighters battle a fire on Saxon Street, Acacia Ridge. Photo: Nine News BrisbaneThe family dog has been credited with saving the lives of a father and his two adult sons as fire destroyed their home in Brisbane’s south.

The blaze tore through the two-storey house in Acacia Ridge about 12.45am, quickly spreading to a boat and cars in the front yard and threatening neighbouring homes.

Durack fire station Station Officer Owen George said the dog’s barking woke the three adults sleeping upstairs as the fire took hold below.

“They’re extremely lucky,” he said.

“They did have operating smoke alarms but because the fire was very intense downstairs there was little to no smoke actually in the upstairs area of the dwelling.”

Fire investigators were yet to examine the Caxton Street home to determine what sparked the fire but police didn’t believe it was suspicious.

It took six fire crews to extinguish the fire. They were able to save the neighbouring homes and two of the cars but a seven-metre boat and a car were destroyed.

“I could see high flames and a  lot of smoke,” a neighbour said.

“We come down and we hoped for the best and we saw two occupants come out from the house and they were completely frightened, so pretty devastating.

“Everything’s completely gone.”

Mr George said the dog saved the men’s life “without a doubt”.

“If the dog hadn’t have been barking by the time the smoke alarms had operated, I have no doubt the house would have been well involved on the second level,” he said.

He said the home was insured and the men had sorted out temporary accommodation but were “obviously distressed”.

“They’ve lost everything,” he said.

“Their house, car, business records, everything, so fairly distraught.”

Fire investigators were due to arrive at the home on Friday morning.

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