The fire as seen by Glenda Riley.
The fire as seen by Glenda Riley. Glenda Riley

'One of worst in memory': Houses burn in Stanthorpe town

WHAT WE KNOW

  • 30 crews are battling a bushfire in the Southern Downs town of Stanthorpe
  • Fire has destroyed the substation, leaving thousands without power
  • There are reports a family is trapped inside their home
  • Queensland Police has described as residents in town as being in "imminent danger"
  • Parts of the New England Highway are closed, and diversions are in place
  • Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised that residents should find shelter
  • Homes are now burning in the Stanthorpe town itself
  • The fire is impacting Glenlyon Drive, Amiens Road and the New England Highway. It is travelling in an easterly direction towards Nelson Crescent, McLeod Court and Michelle Road (in Happy Valley). It is expected to impact Nelson Crescent, McLeod Court and Michelle Road (in Happy Valley).
  • Police have declared an emergency situation

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MORE than 30 crews are tonight battling an enormous bushfire at Stanthorpe, as evacuations continue for residents across the Southern Downs town.

The situation, which has been described as a resident as one of the worst she had seen in 35 years, has left the town without power after fire destroyed the substation.

Dee Davenport has evacuated to Warwick, but her husband is currently battling the fire as part of the Rural Fire Brigade.

"Our business (Granite Belt Brewery Retreat) is in the line of fire," she said.

"The fire is in town now. Houses are burning in town, along the highway, it's bad.

"I've never seen anything like it."

Mrs Davenport had to evacuate her family and guests to Warwick because of the fire.

"My husband is back there, I'm just hoping he'll get back safe," she said.

Rebecca Patti said she had also heard from a family who was trapped in their homes in Happy Valley.

Ms Patti who has convened with her family in a safe area, said her children "upset" by the situation.

"We are all in the dark watching the fire right now," she said. 

"Plenty of people have been evacuated but our friends couldn't get out and have had to take shelter.

"I believe we heard the ammunition from the gun club going off a while ago."

Ms Patti said she was concerned property had been lost in the fire.

"I doubt it's missed all of the houses," she said. 

"I really don't remember a fire like this."

Ergon Energy is reporting more than 5000 homes are currently without power across the town.


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