Fast-thinking sisters save burning home
FIREFIGHTERS have praised the actions of two sisters whose quick thinking saved their high-set house from burning down.
Ruby and Poppy Allen, aged 11 and eight, tackled a fire on their back deck with a garden hose on Sunday before grabbing their guinea pigs, dialling 000 and waiting outside for help to arrive.
Parents Mark and Katie Allen believe the Noosa Heads house could have gone up in flames if not for their daughters' quick thinking and mature approach to what was potentially a deadly situation.
The Sunshine Beach State School students were home alone for about half an hour on Sunday while their parents ducked out when they noticed flickering in the reflection of their television outside on the deck of their Honeysuckle Lane home.
"We learnt it all at school and we just remembered that," - Ruby Allen.
"We have a slow-combustion firewood heater and I had emptied the ashes into a bucket," Mr Allen said.
"The fire had been dead since midnight and the fire started at about 4pm."
He said it appeared there were some hot embers in the ash that ignited a shoe next to the bucket.
"If the girls had come with us the house could have burnt down," Mr Allen said.
"We are just so proud of them. The firefighters were pleased too, telling the girls they did all the right things."
Ruby and Poppy rushed outside to grab the garden hose to try to put out the flames before grabbing their pets Tash and Bubble.
"We learnt it all at school and we just remembered that," Ruby said.
"We tried to use the hose, but it had lots of kinks in it and we didn't realise. But the firemen said it helped."
Mrs Allen said it would have been awful to think of what might have happened if the girls had not been so level headed.
"We would have lost all the memories we have," she said.
Noosa Heads Fire Station acting station officer Matt Swainson said Ruby and Poppy had been exemplary in their actions.
"As the fire got larger they made the decision to leave the building to a safe place where they met the fire service on the driveway," he said.
"With the colder months approaching, now is a good time to check that fireplaces are clean, electrical cords associated with heaters and electric blankets are in good condition, and that your smoke alarms are working."