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'LUCKY': Fire starts moments after family leaves home

Fire crews at the scene of a house fire in West Gladstone.
Fire crews at the scene of a house fire in West Gladstone. Sarah Steger

8.30am: GLADSTONE firefighters have recently finished conducting safety procedures at West Gladstone after an electrical fire this morning.

"They have three kids including one baby, so it's really lucky it didn't happen at night, that they weren't home and that it wasn't that big of a fire," an 18-year-old witness said.

"When my dad said he saw the smoke I was like 'what! Oh my gosh.'

"So I'm really glad Dad and I were home because if we hadn't been there it could've been way worse."

Police are currently speaking to the residents living at the house, who arrived shortly after emergency services.

It has been confirmed the fire was extinguished.

8:20am: WEST Gladstone residents are watching on as fire crews work to extinguish a fire inside a home.

Two Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Crews, Gladstone Police and Queensland Ambulance Service responded to a West Gladstone address after two neighbours called Triple Zero to report smoke billowing from the house's windows.

One neighbour said while it was not a "big fire" it was "lucky" the family of five were not home this morning.

"Lucky I was home," the man who called Triple Zero said.

Police are speaking with the Mum and Dad living at the home. Three children also reside at the house.
Police are speaking with the Mum and Dad living at the home. Three children also reside at the house. Sarah Steger

It is believed the blaze was an electrical fire.

"I wasn't going in there, no way, so I called (Triple Zero)," the neighbour, still in his pyjamas said.

Emergency service crews are still at the scene.

Updates to follow.

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