His ghost may be heard…

Jemma Boisen

HOW would you feel if you heard footsteps coming down the stairs, to then turn around to see no one there?

Or be the only person in the building and hear a voice yell out to you?

The firefighters and the cleaners at the Gympie’s fire station are convinced the 75-year-old building is haunted.

Firefighter, Matthew Phillips reckons the spirit that resides in the station belongs to Henry Bennett a former firefighter.

The firefighters have nicknamed their friendly ghost “Mick”.

The story told throughout the station is that in the 1940s Mick was on the top level of the building when he had a heart attack and fell three storeys to his death. .

One experience that stands out for Mr Phillips is when he was in the main office and heard footsteps coming down the stairs.

“There are only four fire fighters on at each shift. There were two of us in the main office and we heard heavy footsteps coming down the stairs.

“We both turned around expecting to see someone at the door but no one was there,” Mr Phillips said.

“As soon as the sun goes down, the cleaners pack their things and leave. They refuse to work at night since a cleaner heard a male voice downstairs when there was no one else around.

“The cleaner heard a voice say ‘come give me a hand’.”

Mr Phillips has been at the Gympie fire station for 15 years and even though the spooky presence makes the hairs stand up on the back of his neck he would still go up to the top level at night, whereas some of the other firefighters say it is too creepy up there after dark.

Mr Phillips believes Mick’s spirit has stayed in the building for so many years because he enjoyed being a firefighter.

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