Girl, 16, sustains horrific burns in Ipswich house fire

A TEENAGER is fighting for her life following a fire which destroyed a Wulkuraka home at the weekend.

Emergency services were alerted to the blaze at a property on Chalk St during the early hours of yesterday morning.

It is believed there were three people inside the home when the fire broke out at 3.30am.

The teen, 16, sustained severe burns to her face, arms, hands, torso, legs and feet in the blaze and was rushed to Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

She remains in a critical condition in the burns unit and has been placed in an induced coma. It is understood the teen received burns to more than 60% of her body.

The girl's mother, Robyn Thomas, 50, and a male teenager were also taken to hospital for minor burns and smoke inhalation, but have since been released. Ms Thomas is believed to be a senior dog trainer at the Australian Outback Spectacular on the Gold Coast.

Fire at 106 Chalk St, Wulkuraka. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
Fire at 106 Chalk St, Wulkuraka. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

It is further understood she lost six of her 10 dogs in the blaze.

Ipswich police Inspector Keith McDonald said emergency service personnel were confronted with a particularly grizzly scene when they arrived.

"There was a large amount of blood throughout the house where the teen went running," he said.

"She is in a very bay way."

District Duty Officer Acting Senior Sergeant Wayne Webber said the investigation into the cause of the fire was still in its infancy.

He said investigators were hampered by the dangerous condition of the house.

"At this stage the cause is unknown but we think one of the animals sleeping on the porch has knocked a candle over," he said.

"Officers will remain at the scene and are in the process of carrying out their investigations to determine the cause of the blaze.

"It was not a very pleasant incident."

A Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital spokeswoman said the teen remained in a critical but stable condition.

The fire is the second in as many weeks after a Redbank Plains couple were lucky to escape when a fire engulfed their home.

Siggi and Kriss Tomasson's home on Willow Rd was left a burnt out shell after the December 28 blaze.


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