More than $5000 raised for young family devastated by fire
UPDATE: More than $5000 has been raised for a young family who lost everything in a fire yesterday.
A GoFundMe page set up for the family had reached $5490 only 20 hours after it was started.
The most recent update on the page thanks everyone for their help.
"The response we have had has been absolutely amazing and overwhelming," it said.
"Thank you to everyone for everything."
UPDATE: The Coast community is rallying around a young family who have lost their home, dog and possessions to fire.
Young couple Slade and and Sara Rasmussen and their two-year-old son Max were not home when their Mt Coolum townhouse was destroyed by fire about 11.30am Thursday.
They arrived at the Melville Ct scene to the horrible realisation their pet dog Hugo could not be found.
It is believed Hugo perished in the fire.
They were clearly distraught as firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze and minimise damage to neighbouring townhouses.
A concerned friend, who did not want to be named, said the couple were married earlier in the year and were expecting their second child.
"They've lost everything," the friend said.
"It was their first home."
Fellow resident Evan Kelly, who lives in a townhouse in the same building as the Rasmussens, was in Noosaville when he got a call from a mate who was driving past on David Low Way.
The mate could see the flames from the road.
He pulled in before firefighters arrived and kicked the door of Mr Kelly's home in to retrieve treasured guitars and other items.
Another man was using a garden hose to wet down the adjoining townhouses because it was clear the Rasmussen's was too far gone.
Mr Kelly was sad for his neighbours but grateful for the passer-by who went out of his way to slow the fire spreading. The Good Samaritan was gone before Mr Kelly arrived at the scene. "I want to shake that man's hand," Mr Kelly said.
Friends and family of the Rasmussens have organised for clothes and money donations to be collected from those able to help out.
Clothes can be dropped off to 13 Kallatina Ct in Mt Coolum.
A Go Fund Me Page had raised more than $1300 within two hours of being set up.
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/2j4qv6s.
EARLIER: Firefighters are still on the scene of a house fire that broke out in a Mount Coolum unit just before 11.30am today.
Smoke is still billowing from the unit which has been destroyed.
FIREFIGHTERS have confirmed that no child was inside when a fire took hold of a Mount Coolum unit.
All people have been accounted for.
Crews are still working to dampen down the home.
A QFES media spokeswoman has confirmed the fire at a Mount Coolum unit has been put out.
She said crews were currently working to dampen down hot spots.
Eye witness, Ms Bell-Henselin, said the fire is now out and firemen wearing oxygen bottles have entered the unit.
She said the young child was believed to be in an upstairs bedroom in the unit.
A QAS media spokeswoman however, said they had no patients to treat at this stage.
FIRE crews are currently working to get a unit fire in Mount Coolum under control.
Emergency services were called to the blaze on Melville Court at 11.20am.
QFES media spokesman said two crews were currently on scene with smoke and flames visible.
He said that it was believed to be coming from the kitchen area of the unit.