Qld house fire victims were a big part of local community

A family home at Miles has been destroyed in an early morning fire. Two people are feared dead. Photo: Alana Calvert Photo Alana Calvert / Chinchilla News
A family home at Miles has been destroyed in an early morning fire. Two people are feared dead. Photo: Alana Calvert Photo Alana Calvert / Chinchilla News Alana Calvert

UPDATE: The two people killed in a house fire at Miles this morning were parents and a big part of the community.

Chinchilla News spoke to Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Ray Brown this afternoon who said the couple had "a very close association to Miles and the community".

However, he could not give their names as they hadn't yet been released by police, who are still contacting family.

"It's a very sad loss," Cr Brown said.

He said he was made aware of the fire earlier this morning after a number of councillors, who are part of the local fire crews, attended the blaze.

Police media also confirmed they were trying to get in touch with the families but it could be days before the victims' names are released.

1.15PM: TWO people have been killed in a house fire at Miles, west of Toowoomba, early this morning.

Inspector Warren Buckley from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said fire crews were called to the property at 17 Lynagh St, Miles at approximately 4.38am.

"By the time fire crews arrived it was a fast moving fire," Mr Buckley said.

"Fire crews did a good job to control it."

It took fire crews from Miles and Chinchilla an hour to control the blaze, saving a neighbouring house which was in very close proximity to the blaze.

At 12pm the site of the fire was still smouldering and too hot for police or fire crew access, but Mr Buckley said a proper investigation could be carried out once the area had again been dampened.

Investigators had been called from both Toowoomba and Brisbane to investigate the fire.

"At this stage it's early stages of the investigation," Mr Buckley said.

Mr Buckley said the house didn't appear to be fitted with smoke alarms.

"We need to give a timely warning- we urge all people to check their smoke alarms. If they are unsure about anything to contact their local fire station."

"A house-fire of this size will be a big loss to the community."


EARLIER: POLICE are currently at the scene of a house fire that has claimed the lives of two people at Miles early this morning.

Around 4.45am, police and emergency services were called to a Lynagh Street address following reports of a fire.

Upon arrival, the house was fully engulfed by flames. 

The fire was extinguished, but the home was totally destroyed.

The bodies of a two people were located a short time ago within the residence.

Forensic officers will be attending the scene to investigate the cause of the fire and to identify the deceased persons.

A crime scene has been established while investigations into the cause of the fire continue.

No further information is available at this time.

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