Annandale House Fire
Annandale House Fire

Four injured after fire rips through Carseldine house

FOUR people - including three teenage girls - were hospitalised after a fire ripped through a home for troubled youth in Carseldine overnight.

The blaze broke out at an address on Waterlily Circuit, Carseldine at 11.12pm.

The house is run by not-for profit organisation Safe Places for Children

Two teenage girls are fighting for their lives and another two people have been hospitalised after a house fire in Carseldine overnight.

The fire broke out at an address on Waterlily Circuit, Carseldine at 11.12pm.

Two 16-year-old girls were rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition.

They were initially listed as critical but a Queensland Police Service spokesman said their condition had improved but remained critical.

A teenage boy suffered burns to his arms and face.

A woman was also taken to hospital with smoke inhalation as a precaution.

Next-door neighbour Steve Jung said he was woken last night to a loud banging sound next door and was told to evacuate by firefighters.

"Someone knocked on my door and said 'you need to move your family out because there's a fire'," he said.

"I saw flames and smoke from over the fence."

Mr Jung said he wasn't surprised about the fire, as he is often woken at night by commotion coming from the house.

"I was expecting something like this to happen. If not last night then maybe next month," he said.

"I was waiting for it. I'm not shocked about what happened last night.

"I'm often woken up around 11:30 at night to hear 'bang bang bang' - they're completely destroying their house."

Mr Jung said the residents moved in around 18 months ago.

"I made a number of complaints to the organisation (Safe Places for Children) and they said 'they're okay, they're harmless,'" he said.

Another neighbour, who chose to remain anonymous, said he saw a number of people running from the scene.

"I was on my way back from a walk and I raced down to make sure everything was okay," he said.

"As I ran down here there were 4 or 5 people at the end of the street and they shot through and ran off."

He said he believes the fire was started by the teenage residents.

"Obviously it was something suspicious because the neighbour said he heard someone say 'what did you do that for' and then boom and a bed flew through the window."

Fire investigators are currently on scene and working to establish the cause of the fire.

In a separate incident, detectives are investigating a suspicious house fire on the Gold Coast overnight.

Police were notified of a fire on Numbat Court, Coombabah, at 1.45am.

The house was engulfed by flames when crews arrived and residents from number of neighbouring properties had to be evacuated from their homes as a precaution.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the house was significantly damaged.

The circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire is not known at this stage and a crime scene has been declared while police investigate.



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