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I'm just getting on with it: Life goes on for tradie

UPDATE: The Sunshine Coast tradesman who lost his Mudjimba home in a fire yesterday is staying positive, despite only being left with his ute and the clothes on his back.

The blaze left Robert "Bobby" Dick with the clothes on his back and a work ute, after gutting the "sentimental" home his mother had left him, which had stood on the block since the 1970s.

Robert Dick lost everything in a house fire at Mudjimba. Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily
Robert Dick lost everything in a house fire at Mudjimba. Nicola Brander / Sunshine Coast Daily Nicola Brander

 Mr Dick said family and friends have gotten behind him, making it easier to be positive.

"I'm just getting on with it," he said.

"It's gone, that's it, you can't do anything about it.

"But (the community support) has been great."

At present, 64-year-old Mr Dick is staying with his brother and is considering future options.

In the meantime, he said he has bought some more clothes and will be back to work tomorrow.

Local community members are putting their heads together to try and and support Mr Dick however they can.

House fire in Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
House fire in Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

EARLIER: A Mudjimba tradie was left with virtually nothing but his work ute and the clothes on his back after watching his late mother's home go up in flames.

Robert Dick - Bobby to his friends - had been repainting the timber cottage and was set to spend a big weekend finishing the landscaping.

The house, which the family bought for $250 and trucked to the block in the early 1970s, was uninsured.

"I'm buggered," a sombre Mr Dick said.

A house fire in Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
A house fire in Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

"It's a shock.

"I got a phone call and that's it, the house was burning, come home quick."

He arrived at the home in Carrawong St to see huge flames engulfing the chamfer board cottage and thick black smoke filling the beachside air.

The street was blocked by at least three fire trucks, several ambulances, and scores of onlookers who could do little to stop the blaze.

The house held emotional memories for Mr Dick.

It had been passed to him after his mother's death.

"It's gone, that's it, you can't do anything about it," he said.

Neighbours raised the alarm when they smelled the burning and saw flames.

"I was eating my lunch and smelled smoke ... and as I came to the kitchen, I saw the flames out the back," next door neighbour Wendy Slack said.

"It actually looked as if it was on the ground at the back."

Nearby resident Jack Mclaren, an apprentice electrician, pulled up and ran up to the burning house to make sure everyone was safe.

"It was smoky inside and the fire was out the back at that stage," Mr Mclaren said yesterday.

"I kicked the front door down and the smoke came out."

He called out, but there was no answer, and Mr Dick's work ute was not home.

"He lives alone," Mrs Slack said.

"If his car's there, he's there, so probably he's at work. By the time we got out here, it was exploding, bang, bang, bang.

"...But I think it was the asbestos, not gas bottles."

A house fire in Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
A house fire in Mudjimba. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Mr Dick said he would stay with his brother until he sorted things out.

Concerns about asbestos at the scene were later discounted.

The home's insulation was replaced three years ago, Mr Dick said.

Firefighters will scour the scene today to determine the cause of the blaze.

It is believed paint was among items stored at the back of the house.

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