BUNDABERG Police are continuing their investigations into a suspicious fire in Lamb St, Bundaberg West.

The blaze began in the early hours of Sunday morning and a nearby neighbour reports hearing a car speed off soon minutes before she caught site of the flames.

A neighbour , who did not want to be identified, said the car had been sitting on the roadside for months after its number plates were confiscated by Bundaberg Police.

Bundaberg Police Sergeant Michael Prickett said number plates could be confiscated for a number of reasons including hooning and traffic offences.

But as the car was not seized, Bundaberg Police said the matter of removing the car from the road reserve was up to the owner of the car or the Bundaberg Regional Council.

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Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said in such a situation the police would notify the council of the cars presence.

Cr Forman said the council then had 48 hours to find out who the car belonged to and could impound the car after that time.

But Cr Forman did not know why the car had not been removed by the council in this instance.

"All I know is, until we get notification (from the police) we don't know," he said.

The street side location where the car was parked was outside a house that had itself been victim to a fire earlier this year.

The neighbour reported the house was still being repaired and feared at the time of the blaze the house may be in danger as the fire spread onto the nature strip.

The Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) has taken over the investigation.



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