A MAN is lucky to be alive after the house he was in “exploded” and burned to the ground in dramatic scenes on the Gold Coast last night.
Neighbours have described hearing loud explosions before the Crescent Avenue property burst into flames at Hope Island just after 7pm.
Firefighters rushed to the scene, but it was too late. According to witnesses, the fire consumed the “old” house within seconds.
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There are reports that up to as many as six people may have been inside the house when the flames took hold.
They were seen allegedly running away from the address.
One of them suffered serious burns to his face, neck, legs, arms and torso.
He was found by police, trying to treat his burns in a neighbour’s shower.
The man, whose age was not immediately known, was initially rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.
But it’s understood he has since been transferred to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for specialist care.
Firefighters raced to try and put out the ferocious blaze while neighbour’s fought flames with garden hoses but the battle was in vein.
The house was totally destroyed in the inferno.
Investigators remained at the scene this morning, sifting through the charred remains to try and determine the cause of the fire.
Police are still trying to locate the group of people seen running away from the house before it went up in flames.
They are urging anyone with information that could assist with the investigation to come forward and contact them.
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