Roy Morrison and his dog Whitey with what is left of their home.
Roy Morrison and his dog Whitey with what is left of their home. Katherine Morris

Man loses his house and best friend in devastating fire

UPDATE 3.12pm

ROY Morrison has lost everything in his house including one of his best friends, his dogs Shelia who died in the fire. 

Mr Morrison, 80, built his house ten years ago but now he will  have to live out of the bus he travelled around Australia in. 

He was at his neighbours property when the fire broke out about noon on Tuesday. 

The house was uninsured and burnt to the ground. 

"These things come about," he said. 

Mr Morrison said he didn't need any donations. 

"A times we get into strife, but I have always been self sufficient," Mr Morrison said. 

"But I don't think I'll find my wallet on the kitchen table." 

He said he was curious to know how the fire had started.

Mr Morrison was glad the stumps of the house were still in tact so if he wanted to rebuild he could. 

Whitey, Mr Morrisons other dog was still confused and nervous about where his best friend was, trying to get into the house to find her. 

Lieutenant Josh Mangan from Nanango Fire Brigade said the fire was almost out when his unit arrived. 

"We were able to protect the other structure," Lt Mangan said.

Inspector Mark Long, who is investigating the cause of the fire, said it was still unknown how the fire started. 

"It's a lot of damage to pin point anything," Insp Long said. 

"This time of year house fires can be caused by heaters and electric blankets, things that haven't been used in 12 months."

Mr Morrison's house is the second house to be destroyed by fire in the last week in the South Burnett. 

Roy Morrison lost everything in his house, including one of his dogs, Shelia. Photo Katherine Morris / South Burnett Times
Roy Morrison lost everything in his house, including one of his dogs, Shelia. Photo Katherine Morris / South Burnett Times Katherine Morris

EARLIER 

A HOUSE has been destroyed by fire on Faulkner Rd, Booie.  

The roof of the single storey building collapsed as a result of the damage caused by the fire. 

Queensland Fire and Rescue was called out to the fire at about noon.

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Fire and Rescue said the fire also created a grass fire but was quickly brought under control. 

"(Fire services) were able to get the fire under control at 12.21.pm," she said. 

No one was inside the house when it burned down. 

It is not yet known how the fire was started but fire investigators have been notified.

Three fire crews attended the fire. 

South Burnett

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