TWO lizards decided if they were going to perish in grassfires in Hervey Bay they were going to go out in a blaze of glory.
While flames 10m high sent choking smoke across the Golden Shores lifestyle village, these cold blooded reptiles opted for a hot blooded approach to their own lifestyle risk.
The Chronicle snapped the game companions only metres from the flames while hawks circled above to prey on the scurrying wildlife.
Acting fire station officer in Torquay Michael McIntyre said the safety of residents in the Golden Shores village had been fire officers’ main concern.
“When we got there a couple of hundred square metres of grass was already burning,” Mr McIntyre said.
“We were worried with all the smoke blowing in the direction of Golden Shores that the residents might suffer from some smoke inhalation.
“We contacted the management and they said that there were no concerns so we did not move to evacuate.”
Eyewitness Kara Weir claimed that the fire had been deliberately lit by three children.
“A couple of kids were sitting in the grass playing with a lighter and they just decided to light the grass,” Ms Weir said.
“I tried to take the lighter off them but they kept running from me.
“Within seconds there were big flames everywhere.”
Ms Weir had been in Aldi buying a drink and spotted the youths when she exited.
Fire appliances trucks from Torquay and Pialba attended with two rural fire service vehicles from Dundowran and Nikenbah.
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