UPDATE: Quick action by 85-year-old Rockville man Eric Allen has helped to stop a fire from destroying a Bullock St home.

Mr Allen was mowing the lawn for his Bullock St neighbour, Heather Dell Geary, about 1pm yesterday when Mrs Dell Geary alerted him to a fire across the road from her house.

"I just happened to be outside at the time," Mrs Geary said.

"I heard the crackling of a fire and I looked over and there was smoke coming from the building."

The owner and sole occupant of the burning home had left for work earlier in the morning.

Mr Allen said he ran across the road and turned on a tap for a garden hose.

"I got it all out on the outside," Mr Allen said.

"I just went down (the side of the house) a couple of paces and looked in the window and saw the flames.

He said his efforts were also helped by a broken water supply pipe which was spurting onto the fire.

Firefighters arrived shortly after to finish the job Mr Allen had started.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Toowoomba area commander Paul Evans said the fire had started either in the lounge room and spread to the balcony or started on the balcony and spread to the lounge room.

He said crews were able to contain the fire to one room of the house. However, the rest of the home was extensively damaged by heat and smoke.

"It is that quick neighbourly action that has helped to minimise the spread of the fire," Mr Evans said.

"Actions like that certainly assist.

"You have to be careful people don't put themselves at risk."

He said police and firefighters were investigating the cause of the blaze.

No one was injured.

 

 

EARLIER: Fire scene investigators are working to determine the cause of a blaze which caused extensive damage to a Rockville home this afternoon.

A neighbour said the home's single occupant was at work when the Bullock St fire was reported about 1pm.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Toowoomba area commander Paul Evans said the fire had started either in the lounge room and spread to the balcony or started on the balcony and spread to the lounge room.

Crews were able to contain the fire to one room of the house however the rest of the home was extensively damaged by heat and smoke.

No one was injured.



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