A YOUNG single mother and her nine-year-old daughter are out on the street tonight after a fire destroyed their small unit in Ipswich.

While they have lost all they own they were at least fortunate that they weren't home when the fire took hold around 5pm.

Three fire crews raced to the scene at 3 Mortimer Lane when a call came in that a veranda was on fire.

Station officer Randall Appleby said as they drove to the scene multiple Triple 0 calls were received saying the fire was much more established.

He said a resident from a downstairs unit was evacuated by Queensland Ambulance staff and he told us that the residents of the upstairs unit, Emma Murphy and her daughter Charlotte, were not at home.

Ms Murphy and her daughter arrived home just as the crews finished extinguishing the blaze.

She said as a single mum she couldn't afford household insurance.

"We have lost everything, it also seems like our cat has perished in the fire," she said.

The fire took around 15 minutes to extinguish.

Mortimer Lane unit fire: Queensland Times editor Peter Chapman talks to Station Officer Randall Appleby and residents after a house fire on Mortimer Lane.
Mortimer Lane unit fire: Queensland Times editor Peter Chapman talks to Station Officer Randall Appleby and residents after a house fire on Mortimer Lane.

 

Fire crews at the scene of a house fire that destroyed a small unit on on Mortimer Lane in Ipswich.
Fire crews at the scene of a house fire that destroyed a small unit on on Mortimer Lane in Ipswich.

 

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Fire crews at the scene of a house fire that destroyed a small unit on Mortimer Lane in Ipswich. Peter Chapman