Family of five escapes blaze in early hours of morning
FIRE tore through a North Ipswich family home on Saturday morning.
The family of five escaped without harm, but their home was severely damaged.
The five were taken to hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation. One had suffered a burn to the hand.
The house, on the corner of Lawrence and Pine Sts, was ablaze about 3.40am.
The fire was reported to be under control by 5.20am
The house was severely damaged by the fire at the rear and internally.
The blaze was so intense windows on the other side of the house cracked from the heat.
The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but forensic fire investigators were at the scene on Saturday morning.
Firefighters have since handed the investigation back to police.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said he would be doing what he could to help the family through the Mayor's Community Fund.
"The fund is there to support families, like this one, in their hour of need," he said.
"It's just dreadful what's happened so we're there to try and help out a bit.
"That's what the fund is there for. It's always there to help out; we don't need to launch an appeal to help everyone."
Anyone with information that could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppers. com.au.
Information can be given anonymous.