Lucky escape from fire
CHRISTINE Donnelly is very lucky to be alive after her phone charger caught fire last Tuesday night.
The Cannonvale resident woke to her smoke alarm going off at about 11pm and when she woke up she was choking on smoke coming from a fire in her kitchen.
"When I woke up there was thick smoke and I realised I had to get out," Ms Donnelly said.
Ms Donnelly couldn't find her keys to the back door of her apartment so she made her way to the front door, calling out for help from her neighbour.
"My neighbour grabbed a rug, soaked it in the bathroom and threw it onto the flames," she said.
"One of my other neighbours called for help."
Emergency service investigations found the cause of the fire to have started from the switched off phone charger that had been coiled up on the kitchen counter.
"I would never have believed a switched off phone charger would start a fire," Ms Donnelly said.
"I had turned off my phone charger but left it plugged in at the wall on my kitchen bench before going to bed at about 8.30pm.
"I'm still in a bit of shock. I'm just lucky I woke up when I did."
Airlie Beach Fire Station officer in charge Cameron Corneal said all leads if coiled up could cause heat or combust.
"It all comes back to early warnings by having smoke alarms fitted in people's homes," he said.
"They not only save the property but also the person."
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service provide free safety and fire awareness inspections as part of their Safehome program.
To book an appointment phone 137 468 or visit