Investigations continue after Southport house gutted by ferocious fire

UPDATE @ 26 April, 6.30 AM: Investigations are ongoing this morning after an abandoned house was gutted by fire in Southport on Wednesday.

The home went up in flames on the corner of North and Norman streets just after 10.30am.

Several fire crews managed to extinguish the flames, however the blaze was so severe it completely destroyed the structure.

One firefighter had to be treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation, however luckily he did not require transport to hospital and no one else was injured in the inferno.

A 17-year-old boy was detained by police at the scene, however he has since been released and no charges have been laid.

EARLIER @ 25 April, 12.30 PM: AN abandoned house has partially collapsed after it was gutted by fire in Southport this morning.

The derelict home went up in flames on the corner of North and Norman streets just after 10.30am.

Firefighters battled built-up traffic to get to the scene and found the house well alight, with massive flames shooting out onto the main road.

Source: Supplied / JinLaverne Rosello

Source: Supplied / JinLaverne Rosello

The inferno sent huge plumes of thick black smoke soaring into the sky above the CBD.

Neighbours were evacuated while crews fought the fire which quickly engulfed the property.

Photos obtained by myGC show panicked residents fleeing with their pets in their cars.

Source: Supplied/JinLaverne Rosello

One firefighter was overwhelmed by the heat and had to be carried away from the burning house.

He was assessed by paramedics at the scene but thankfully did not require hospitalisation.

A cordon was set up around the scene to keep onlookers away with fears of asbestos in the building.

Motorists were also urged to steer well clear of the area while emergency crews responded.

Local streets quickly became jammed as North St was closed and drivers were diverted around the scene.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. According to locals, ‘street kids’ frequent the property.

A 17-year-old boy was detained by police at the scene while officers were still searching for two other teens who were seen running from the house before it burst into flames.

The building was totally destroyed in the inferno although thankfully, no one was seriously injured.

Source: Supplied / Queensland Ambulance

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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Ambulance QLD

Two people hospitalised after separate accidents in Logan

TWO people have been rushed to hospital following two separate accidents in Logan this morning.

The first crash happened at Berrinba, just before 6.00am.

Queensland Ambulance said a motorcyclist was injured after crashing on the Logan Motorway.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Logan Hospital in a stable condition.

Just half an hour later, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Fryar Road at Eagleby.

The pedestrian was also taken to Logan hospital for treatment of minor injuries.



Airplane Seats

Window panel falls off during Air India flight

Just days after a woman died after being sucked out of a shattered plane window, passengers were left fearing for their lives when a window panel fell off during an Air India flight.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was rocked by severe turbulence for 10 to 15 minutes after taking off from Amritsar, en route to Delhi, on April 19.

The extreme turbulence caused the inside part of a window panel to fall off and overhead oxygen masks to be deployed.

At least three people are understood to have been treated for minor injuries.

Footage taken during the flight shows an air hostess attempting to fix the damaged window panel in front of terrified passengers.

An investigation into the incident has now been launched by aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB).


Australians with welfare debt to be charged interest

Former welfare recipients with outstanding debts could soon be charged interest on the funds they owe, unless they agree to repay the money.

Approximately 170,000 Australians were overpaid before leaving the welfare system and collectively owe the Federal Government more than $900 million.

Human Services Minister Michael Keenan said the government is cracking down on those guilty of making false claims in a bid to claw back the money owed.

“A lot of people are not making any effort to repay this money, so we are writing to them to let them know they will be charged interest unless they sign up to have a proper repayment plan,” he said.

Mr Keenan said those who receive a notice will have one month to commit to a repayment plan, or they will be slugged with an interest charge — which currently sits at 8.77 per cent.

He told the SBS most of the people who owe money are now working and have the means to start paying back what they owe.

“For those who refuse to take action, interest charges are only the beginning. My department will also look at other measures such as garnishing wages and tax refunds, or referring matters to external collection agents,” he said.

Rubbish Bins

Gold Coast council rules out dumping recycling

The City of Gold Coast has revealed it will not follow Ipswich council and dump its waste recycling program.

Ipswich City Council yesterday cancelled its recycling operations, saying it had become too costly for the city to manage due to China’s import ban on recycling and the rising level of contaminated rubbish in yellow bins.

Gold Coast Division 10 councillor Paul Taylor told myGC the Gold Coast had no intention of stopping its recycling operations or collections.

“The city’s recycling contract is not as affected as other councils, with only 5-10 percent of recycled waste [previously] sold to China by them. Therefore the impact has been far lower,” he said.

“Council has set a floor limit contract, meaning the contractor had to absorb such changes in the market. This contract also has over two years to go.”

On January 1, China stopped accepting 24 categories of solid waste, disrupting the export of more than 600,000 tonnes of material out of Australia each year.