Brisbane’s water system has been forced to close for safety reasons after a fire at a Brisbane home left at least one person dead.
Key points:The fire broke out at a house in Cairns on Monday morningWater was pumped into the house, where an elderly woman diedWater was later used to heat water heaters at the home in CairsnemurrayThe Brisbane Fire Brigade has since declared the fire a fire emergencyThe blaze broke out when water was pumped from a water heat source into the home, which was home to an elderly couple.
“The water supply in the home was disconnected,” the Brisbane Fire Brigades said.
“At this stage the fire service have declared the house a fire-related incident and the water supply has been disconnected.”
Brisbane Fire Brigade spokesman Adam Macaulay said the water was piped from a nearby stream, which is then piped into the family’s Cairn home, where one of the elderly couple died.
“It’s a very tragic incident and it’s been an ongoing emergency,” he said.
Firefighters have been at the Cairsnahay home for several hours, stopping water pumps to allow water to be pumped in and out.
“We’ve been able to get water into the building to provide heat,” Mr Macaulai said.
The Cairsnatahay home was built in the 1950s.
Mr Macaulahay said it was still unclear how many people were in the house at the time of the blaze.
“There were some people in the building when it went down, we’re still looking at that,” he explained.
“That was a very busy time.”
Firefighters are also working on extinguishing the flames that were still burning in the street, he said, and there were reports of smoke.
“I don’t think anyone’s really in any danger in the immediate vicinity,” he added.
“This is a very small community so there’s going to be some very, very small homes that have been evacuated, which will be very difficult for people to get back into.”
Fire crews have been on scene since late on Monday, working on the fire in a remote area.
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