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A hellish firestorm destroys 12 homes in the coastal city of Queensland and forces mass evacuations


This is what hell looks like on earth – millions of glowing, glowing embers that roar between the howling winds and 10 m high flames.

An apocalyptic video from the heart of the firestorm shows the extraordinary conditions that firefighters have to deal with when more than 70 flames rage in Queensland and destroy everything on their way.

At least 12 homes have already been destroyed as the fire front in the coastal towns of Peregian Beach and Marcus Beach on the Sunshine Coast continues to wreak havoc.

Hundreds of people spent the night in evacuation centers after being forced to leave their homes when the fire raged through the city.

A police spokesman confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that a number of young people were interviewed about the fire on the Sunshine Coast, but he would not go into further details as the investigation is ongoing.

The Peregian Beach Surf and Lifesaving Club alerted the police to the possibility of arson after receiving a screenshot of a teen chat room where the teenagers allegedly admitted to lighting the fire.

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A broken-hearted homeowner came back and found the destruction left in the city after the fire

In a coastal city in Queensland, an intense fire continues to cause chaos as more than 70 bushfires rage across the state

In a coastal city in Queensland, an intense fire continues to cause chaos as more than 70 bushfires rage across the state

The Peregian Beach Surf and Lifesaving Club alerted the police to the possibility of arson after receiving a screenshot of a teen chat room where the teenagers allegedly admitted to lighting the fire

The Peregian Beach Surf and Lifesaving Club alerted the police to the possibility of arson after receiving a screenshot of a teen chat room where the teenagers allegedly admitted to lighting the fire

A homeowner was filming as the fire approached her house, fearing that her house would be destroyed. When she walked around the side of her house, the strong orange glow was visible a short distance away

A homeowner was filming as the fire approached her house, fearing that her house would be destroyed. When she walked around the side of her house, the strong orange glow was visible a short distance away

Where are the big fires on Tuesday?

* On Tuesday morning, 70 fires burned from the southeast corner of the Cairns hinterland. A vegetation fire also burned in Miles End near Mount Isa

* The worst fire is on the Sunshine Coast, where residents of Peregian Beach and Peregian Breeze Estate were evacuated overnight.

* Fires are still burning on the granite belt around Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and Ballandean, but these do not directly threaten the properties.

* The fire in the Gold Coast hinterland is still burning, but does not threaten real estate.

The fire spread quickly after the eruption on Monday afternoon.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFES) issued the warning when the fire raced toward the homes at around 9:55 p.m. on Monday. The warning remains in place.

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire from progressing. The fire can pose a threat to all lives that are on its way, ”said the QFES.

"There are two kilometers this fire was discovered and we have a significant number of homes that have been destroyed by fire," Michelle Young, chief superintendent of Queensland's north coast, told ABC.

The police warned anyone trying to gain access to the Peregian exclusion zone to stay away.

“Some people try to access the Peregian exclusion zone from the beach. It is extremely dangerous, ”the police said in a statement.

"Please stay away because the emergency statement is still there."

On Tuesday morning, 70 fires burned from the southeast corner of the Cairns hinterland. A vegetation fire also burned in Miles End near Mount Isa

On Tuesday morning, 70 fires burned from the southeast corner of the Cairns hinterland. A vegetation fire also burned in Miles End near Mount Isa

As the fires rage across Queensland, 47 homes have been reported to have been damaged or destroyed

As the fires rage across Queensland, 47 homes have been reported to have been damaged or destroyed

Residents of Weyba, Weyba Downs, Peregian Springs and Castaways Beach have been asked to monitor conditions and be prepared to leave the area as the situation could deteriorate quickly.

About 12 schools in the region were closed due to dangerous conditions.

A homeowner was filming as the fire approached her house, fearing the house would be destroyed.

When she walked around the side of her house, the strong orange glow was visible a short distance away.

& # 39; Saint Moses, far out. If we have to go, we have to go. & # 39;

You can hear another person say; "Right now we're trying to save the house."

Fires raged on the Australian east coast, sending urgent evacuation warnings to the residents (pictured fire on Peregian Beach).

Fires raged on the Australian east coast, sending urgent evacuation warnings to the residents (pictured fire on Peregian Beach).

Mick Sell, captain of the Coolum Surf Lifesaving Club, said Monday night that he could see the fire from his point of view.

"It's just an orange glow to the north, very dangerous," he told ABC.

Some roads have been closed in the area and drivers are asked to check the bulletins before driving to the affected areas.

The Sunshine Coast Motorway reopened Tuesday morning, but the following roads are still closed: David Lowe Way between Emu Mountain Creek Road and Mahogany Drive and Murdering Creek Road between Emu Mountain Arterial Road and Woodland Drive.

In the past week, 47 houses in Queensland were destroyed by bush fires.

Peregian Beach (pictured) issued an emergency warning on Monday evening at around 9.55 a.m.

Peregian Beach (pictured) issued an emergency warning on Monday evening at around 9.55 a.m.

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland was hit by a series of raging fires when a deep red glow covered the sky (image)

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland was hit by a series of raging fires when a deep red glow covered the sky (image)

"It's only September, and all signs point to a hot, dry summer and over 100 fires are burning in Queensland and New South Wales," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in parliament Monday.

"The forecast of dry and windy conditions by Tuesday means that the fire situation remains volatile."

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Queensland should prepare for the "most catastrophic fire season in history" and said the fires were "not over".

Authorities have warned that the fires will only worsen if the state is exposed to the worst bushfire risk ever

Authorities have warned that the fires will only worsen if the state is exposed to the worst bushfire risk ever

The fires are expected to rage towards O & # 39; Reilly towards Lamington National Park in Queensland and trigger another urgent evacuation.

About 100 police officers, guests and staff were evacuated from O & # 39; Reilly's guest house in Canungra on Monday evening after fears that the fires would continue.

QFES warned Monday night that the inferno was approaching and leaving immediately was the safest option.

Firefighters are still fighting more than 70 fires in Queensland, with hundreds forced to leave their homes and go to evacuation centers.

Hundreds of people had to flee their homes due to the angry bush fires and seek refuge in evacuation centers

Hundreds of people had to flee their homes due to the angry bush fires and seek refuge in evacuation centers

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said a small convoy of evacuees from the Binna Burra and Sarabah areas may return home on Sunday to check on animals and get medication.

"I know there have been some significant losses in animal husbandry … I don't have an estimate of the number yet," he said.

An RSPCA veterinarian will come to the affected areas to treat injured animals.

Firefighters are still fighting more than 60 fires across the state, fearing that dangerous conditions will continue

Firefighters are still fighting more than 60 fires across the state, fearing that dangerous conditions will continue

The schools in Peregian Beach and Coolum Beach are closed due to the dangerous weather

The schools in Peregian Beach and Coolum Beach are closed due to the dangerous weather

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