The fire station officer in charge of yesterday's Thorn St unit blaze has commended his crew for their quick actions to get the fire under control.

Emergency services received reports of an intense blaze in the Ipswich unit block about midday and firefighters got the situation under control within minutes. The fire was extinguished by 12.20pm.

Multiple crews attended.
Multiple crews attended. Rob Williams

 

 

Ripley fire station officer on duty Mick Glasby said the neighbouring units were undamaged due to their efforts.

"There was significant smoke and heat damage to that entire unit, it didn't affect the units either side of the one involved though," Mr Glasby said.

"It'll be able to be rebuilt and the rest of them should be fine."

Police officers and paramedics were already at the scene when he got to the incident, with everyone evacuated from the building.

The blaze took only minutes to get under control.
The blaze took only minutes to get under control. Rob Williams

"When I arrived, there was a lot of black smoke coming out of (the unit)," he said.

Police and Fire investigators attended yesterday and are still looking into the cause of the blaze.

Yesterday, QFRS Ipswich area commander Ross Mutzelburg said there was no obvious cause.

A female in her 20s, believed to be the resident of the unit involved, was taken to Ipsiwch Hospital for smoke inhalation and a second patient was accessed at the scene but did not require further assistance.

Mr Glasby said it was a timely reminder for residents to check their smoke detectors are in a working condition.

The smoke detectors in neighbouring units were ringing when he arrived but he could not confirm whether the unit involved had one.

The smoke could be seen across the city.
The smoke could be seen across the city. Jonathan Corfield

Residents reported being able to see the smoke from across the city.


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