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Bedroom fire in Roma started by toddler with lighter

Emergency services attending a house fire on South St in Roma this morning.
Emergency services attending a house fire on South St in Roma this morning.

A HOUSE fire in Roma this morning was started by a two-year-old playing with a lighter.

The fire started while the owner of the house was sleeping.

One adult was transported to Roma Hospital for smoke inhalation.

Two children were inside the house at the time of the fire but are not hurt.

The Luff and South Sts fire started at about 8am.

A neighbour, who declined to be named, said: "We just came back from dropping the kids off when we saw the flames."

"There were flames coming out of the front window."

Emergency services attending a house fire on South St in Roma this morning.
Emergency services attending a house fire on South St in Roma this morning. Tom Gillespie

The home owner said: "I'm still getting there - you don't usually wake up to that every morning.

"We tried (to put it out) with buckets and hoses but we couldn't keep it under control."

The family moved into the house just eight weeks ago.

"That window (at the front) would not open - we had to break it (to get hoses in)," the owner said.

"I didn't know he was strong enough to use a lighter."

Emergency services attending a house fire on South St in Roma this morning.
Emergency services attending a house fire on South St in Roma this morning.

EARLIER: Multiple crews are at the scene of a structure fire in Luff and South Sts, Roma.

Firefighters have just arrived on the scene and have contained the fire to the front bedroom of the house.

They are preparing to ventilate the room.

Three firefighting crews are at the scene, along with Queensland Police Service officers and Queensland Ambulance paramedics.

Topics:  bedroom fire queensland fire and emergency service toowoomba


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