$110,000 new ute goes up in flames in Gracemere fire
AN ELECTRICAL fault in a Gracemere family's new $110,000 ute has sparked a fire that destroyed their three-bay shed and everything in it.
Just before 3pm yesterday Scott Vidler was inside his home on Zimitat St when he smelled the smoke.
When he came outside and saw the flames coming from inside the shed, he called Triple 0 while his father started fighting it with their garden hose, with help from their neighbour.
Scott said the flames soon reached almost the same height as their two-storey house, which luckily suffered only minimal damage despite being only metres away.
"I came outside and I could see the flames already starting to come outside (the shed)," he said.
"By the time we realised it was getting too big for us to be able to just use garden hoses, we started hosing down the side of the house to try and keep it away; then we saw it was starting to melt the side (of the house).
"Luckily then the firies got there and started bringing it under control."
Rockhampton Station Officer Craig Gregory said there were a few small explosions while firefighters battled the blaze as the flames spread to fuel canisters which were stored in the shed.
The car also had a full tank of diesel, which provided more fuel.
Luckily Scott and his dad managed to save their boat and their mower, which were both inside the shed when the fire started.
Mr Gregory said it appeared an electrical fault in the ute caused the fire.
The family had only bought the 2013 Dodge Ram a few months ago.
Fortunately everything they lost was insured.