Overnight house fire a body blow for popular Valley couple
UPDATE 2PM: A DISASTROUS house fire at Kandanga on Monday night has added a new dimension to the suffering of a stricken Mary Valley family.
The home's owner, Markus Mickalowitz, did not wish to comment on the blaze or its aftermath, but it is believed he lost personal and business property, as well as an irreplaceable Queenslander house.
Mr Michalowitz and his fiancée, Tracy Siedofsky, are already coping with her diagnosis of leukemia, a disease she expects will be fatal unless doctors can achieve a miracle with stem cell therapy.
Mr Mickalowitz's daughter Bianca Dickson said her father was "down in the paddock and saw the glow of a fire.
"He came up and called the fire brigade but it was all over," she said.
"It's a very old house, moved up here from Brisbane many years ago," she said.
"It was beautiful. It had stained glass windows as well.
"They were looking forward to doing it up.
"You don't get the timberwork it had in homes now.
"They don't build them like they did either," she said.
She said it was likely her father's business, Down Under Taxidermy and Hunting would suffer too.
The house had contained taxidermy materials and stock, as well as personal possessions which had just been unpacked.
"They were just moving things in," she said.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman said fire officers had attended the blaze and returned this morning to hose down any smouldering wreckage.
EARLIER: A KANDANGA house was destroyed by fire last night, with several crews of fire fighters battling to keep the engulfing fire from spreading from the rural property.
The home-owner, a man, was reportedly outside his Kandanga Creek Rd home when the fire broke out about 9pm.
He alerted authorities, who due to distance could not reach the house before it was fully engulfed.
Fire fighters contained the fire to the house, believed to be a timber Queenslander with a tin roof, saving a nearby shed and preventing any spread to bushland.
"We had all our services turn up, but due to the distance it took us a while," Gympie fire station officer Vanessa Madge said.
"We relied on the rural (fire fighters) who did a sterling job keeping water up to us."
The home-owner had appeared to be in shock, but was uninjured and did not suffer smoke inhalation, Ms Madge said.
Smoke could be seen in the region, and could have been amplified by the current humidity, the station officer said.
Investigators will be on the scene today to try and determine a cause.
Paramedics, police officers and Energex officers also attended the fire last night.