UPDATE @ September 11 2017, 6.15am: Friends, family and strangers have stepped up to help a Gold Coast family who lost everything when their Worongary home went up in flames on Sunday.
Michael and Liane Breeze are fighting for their lives in hospital after suffering horrific burns while trying to rescue their pets from the burning inferno just after 3.30am.
Fire crews raced to the Mataranka Drive property and managed to extinguish the blaze, protecting neighbouring properties, but could do little to save the couple’s home and their three pets.
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A gofundme page to help the grief-stricken family has since been set up by friends. It has already raised $6,130 of a $10,000 goal.
“Breeze Family tragically lost their family home and furbabies in horrific house fire destroying everything as well as suffering terrible injuries,” the description of the gofundme page reads.
“The costs are going to be mounting as both parents are injured and no way to pay bills as well as having to begin again with their lives and home – everything has been taken from them in this devastating incident.
“Any donation big or small would be appreciated as we try to help them rebuild their lives in any way we can.
If you would like to donate to the family, click here.
UPDATE @ September 10 2017 8.45am | A fire pit, left smouldering after a 50th birthday party, is believed to have caused a devastating house fire in Worongary.
A man and woman have been left with significant burns after their home was engulfed in flames around 3.30am on Sunday.
Neighbours have told Nine News, the couple had celebrated the woman’s 50th birthday at the Mataranka Drive property on Saturday night.
The neighbourhood woke to screams as the couple realised their beloved pets were trapped inside.
Despite having safely escaped the inferno, they went back in to try and rescue their husky and three cats.
But the flames were too fierce and they had to abandon their efforts, suffering tremendous injuries in the futile attempt.
Five fire crews rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze, protecting neighbouring properties, but could do little to save the couple’s home.
— Nine News Gold Coast (@9NewsGoldCoast) September 9, 2017
EARLIER @ September 10 2017 6.15am | A man and woman have been rushed to a Brisbane hospital, after their Worongary house became engulfed in flames.
Emergency crews got the call around 3.40am, with five fire units arriving to find the Mataranka Drive property well involved.
A man, 55, and woman, 50, were treated on scene for significant burns before being taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.
Police remain at the property, with investigations to be carried out into the cause.
— Krystal Etherington (@KrystalENews) September 9, 2017