How you can help Wilsonton Heights fire victim

Noleen Madden, 61, was seriously injured in a Wilsonton Heights unit fire on Tuesday.
Noleen Madden, 61, was seriously injured in a Wilsonton Heights unit fire on Tuesday. Contributed

UPDATE: The Toowoomba community is rallying for a Wilsonton Heights woman who suffered serious burns and lost irreplaceable possessions in a unit fire Tuesday morning.

Noleen Madden, 61, and her live-in carer daughter Danielle, 22, are being supported by a network of friends and strangers trying to help ease the devastation the pair is facing.

Mrs Madden was found lying in her Claret St garage with her legs on fire about 9.30am Tuesday.

Ms Madden managed to fight the fire with a bucket and water before her mother was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a serious condition with deep tissue trauma burns.

She was later airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital where she remains in a serious condition.

That is traumatic enough without having to face the utter destruction and ruins of a house fire which remains under investigation by authorities.

An online fund-raising page supporting Ms Madden and her terminally ill mother says the fire destroyed all photos, possessions and memories.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Inspector Peter Bradow said two fire investigators and two police forensic officers had as yet been unable to determine the cause of the fire.

It is believed the fire started in the main bedroom of the unit.

Support the Madden family online here.

8AM: A Wilsonton Heights units extensively damaged in a fire yesterday reignited twice last night as authorities guarded the scene.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews were called to the unit twice overnight to deal with flare-ups and hot spots.

The first call was received shortly before 11pm Tuesday, and the second about 12.40am.

The cause of the initial fire about 11am yesterday remains undetermined with specialist fire investigators from Brisbane travelling to the unit today.

The scene was guarded overnight.

A woman, 61, suffered serious burns to 20 per cent of her body and was taken to Toowoomba Hospital about an hour before the extensive fire took over the unit.

The woman, the sole occupant of the unit but who had been with her daughter at the time her clothing caught fire, was flown to Brisbane last night for treatment.

Firefighters extinguish a fire in a unit, Claret St, Wilsonton.
Firefighters extinguish a fire in a unit, Claret St, Wilsonton. Bev Lacey

TUESDAY 5PM: Police will guard the scene of a Wilsonton Heights unit fire overnight after a woman suffered serious burns to her legs today.

Police have declared it a crime scene.

The Claret St two bedroom unit was extensively damaged in a fire that broke out about 11am.

QFES Inspector Peter Bradow said Brisbane fire investigators would investigate the scene tomorrow.

UPDATE: Quick-thinking neighbours alerted emergency services to a fire that re-ignited at a Claret St unit this morning.

The occupant of the unit, a woman, 61, had been treated by paramedics for burns to her feet and lower legs earlier in the morning.

She had been taken to Toowoomba Hospital for further treatment, and was accompanied by her daughter who was uninjured.

While they were being treated, the initial fire re-ignited in the unit and quickly spread.

Neighbour Teagen Bland saw the thick black smoke and flames and called triple zero. 

She said she first smelled the fire.

"We went out the back and saw the house was on fire," she said.

"We didn't know if anyone was in there at the time."

Two dogs were also saved from the yard by the neighbours.

She said it was a terrifying few minutes waiting to find out if everyone was ok.

Firefighters extinguish a fire in a unit, Claret St,
Firefighters extinguish a fire in a unit, Claret St, Bev Lacey

"This was the first time I'd ever seen a real fire, next door to us."

Queensland Ambulance Service Senior Operations Supervisor Mark Hancock said the woman in the house had "serious burns" to her legs.

The cause of the fire has not been established, emergency services are still at the scene.

BREAKING: Emergency services are battling a fire at a Toowoomba unit.

The fire broke out at a home in Claret St, Wilsonton Heights about 11 o'clock this morning.

Firefighters are on scene and are attempting to make entry into the unit.

Reports have emerged that earlier today one patient was transported from the unit with burns.

All occupants in the unit have been evacuated.

Two fire crews are currently fighting the fire.

Topics:  fire police queensland fire and emergency services toowoomba wilsonton heights

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