THERE were dramatic scenes on the Gold Coast last night as firefighters raced to stop a car fire from spreading to an apartment building in Southport.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were called to the ‘Rise’ building on Lenneberg Street shortly after 1:30am after a blue Mitsubishi Lancer caught fire in the visitor’s carpark.
Flames ripped through the Lancer, which was parked in a carport directly beneath a first-floor balcony.
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Firefighters raced to the scene but the owners of the vehicle were nowhere to be found.
The inside of the vehicle was reduced to a smoldering mess.
Thankfully, firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the car before it could spread into nearby trees and catch on to a vine growing up the side of the eight-storey residential building.
Firefighters spent more than 30 minutes extinguishing the fire and mopping up the scene.
A resident who lives on the first floor told myGC they woke to the sound of someone repeatedly buzzing the building’s intercom shortly before 2am.
“We woke up to our neighbour’s intercom going off and saw the red and blue lights flashing through our balcony window,” the resident told myGC.
“It was a little concerning looking over the balcony and seeing firefighters running towards our building with a hose.
“We didn’t know if the building was on fire or what was going on.”
It remains unclear what sparked the blaze.