Family mourn war veteran who died in Ipswich house fire
UPDATE 10AM: The family of a man killed in a house fire at One Mile this morning have described him as a quintessential Aussie.
Maurice Sutton was killed after a fire broke out in his Battersby St home shortly after 2am.
There was an inonsation alarm in the house but neighbours did not hear it activate.
Mr Sutton's son, Tony Sutton, said his father was a well respected Vietnam veteran.
He said his father had lived in the house for the past three years.
"He was a great bloke who would do anything for you," he said.
"He liked numerology, to expand his mind, it was his passion.
"He was just a great, great bloke .. It's heartening to know he was loved by others and not just by us.
"He was a one-in-a-million bloke."
Mr Sutton is survived by his two sons and three grandchildren.
UPDATE 9.30AM: The war veteran killed in a house fire at One Mile this morning has been identified as Maurice Sutton.
Mr Sutton's family are currently at the scene and will make a statement shortly.
Neighbours have described Mr Sutton as a kind man who was well liked.
Fire investigators are currently combing the house to determine the cause of the blaze.
Neighbours have started to leave floral tributes outside Mr Sutton's home.
UPDATE 9AM: A war veteran has been killed in a house fire in Ipswich overnight.
Emergency services were alerted to the blaze in Battersby St, One Mile shortly after 2.15am.
There are unconfirmed reports the blaze started in the kitchen.
The man, 70, was well-liked and respected in the close knit street.
Neighbors attempted to break down the front door and windows but the father-of-two could not be saved.
It is not known whether the house, believed to be a rental, had working smoke alarms.
The single story brick house was fully destroyed in the blaze.
Fire investigators are currently on scene trying to establish the cause of the blaze.
EARLIER: Police are at the scene of a fatal house fire that occurred at Ipswich this morning.
Around 2.15am, police and emergency services were called to a Battersby St, One Mile address.
Upon arrival, the house was found to be fully engulfed, and a 70-year-old man was unaccounted for.
The fire was extinguished and the body of a man was located within the residence.
A crime scene was declared and police and fire investigators will be attending the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.