A neighbour tries to douse flames in the Milgate Close home which left the Goonellabah house gutted
A neighbour tries to douse flames in the Milgate Close home which left the Goonellabah house gutted Evelyn Pratt

Home inferno kills man in Goonellabah

A 35-YEAR-OLD man has died and a 40-year-old woman is fighting for her life in the intensive care unit at the Royal Brisbane Hospital after sustaining serious burns in a late-night explosion at a Goonellabah home.

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said she heard a very loud explosion at the Milgate Close house just before 11pm on Friday. When she looked out she saw flames bursting out of a window and the roof.

“It was a big whoosh with huge flames,” she said.

The woman called 000 and then went into the street where she reported seeing a man run from the home screaming “My legs, my legs,” before falling to the ground.

The woman got her garden hose and doused him for up to seven minutes while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

The 40-year-old woman was found by police in a backyard swimming pool.

The couple were taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital and were later airlifted by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Another neighbour reported hearing an argument in the home before the fire.

“It got really loud just before the explosion,” the neighbour said.

The explosion blew a two-metre hole in the roof and gutted the brick home.

It is understood there were five people in the home at the time of the explosion.

A crime scene was established by police immediately and police returned to the scene to investigate.

The man died yesterday morning. His name has not been released by police.

Det Sgt Stephen Clark said the full circumstances of what occurred in the house before the fire was not yet known.

The coroner had been informed.



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