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Investigations continue after fire destroys home at Bargara

UPDATE WEDNESDAY: POLICE are continuing to investigate a suspicious house fire in Bargara which destroyed a vacant house near the Rifle Range and Windermere Rd roundabout.

Tuesday night's fire engulfed the empty property located on land managed by Fabcot Pty Ltd, which is Woolworths' in-house corporate property division responsible for the construction, development and management of the retail centres around Australia.

The fire is the third suspicious house fire in the region in less than four weeks.

In the early hours of April 19 emergency services responded to a blaze which destroyed a house at Crapps Ave, Avondale while just a week earlier on April 11, a house on Elliott Heads Rd, Qunaba was destroyed by fire.

Crime scenes were declared at both locations and investigations into the causes are continuing.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Bobbie-Jo Zanco said police were treating Tuesday's fire as suspicious but as yet there was nothing to indicate what caused the blaze or connect it with the other fires.

"The fires are being investigated on an individual basis at the moment," she said. "There is nothing to suggest they are linked at this stage."

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.  

UPDATE 10.20pm: A SUSPICIOUS fire completely destroyed a home in Bargara on Tuesday evening.

Bundaberg Fire Station Officer Andrew McCracken said at about 8.10pm crews were called to house fire on the round-a-bout of Rifle Range and Windermere Rds, Bargara.

"We responded to a structure fire and on arrival we found an abandoned home that was well alight," Mr McCracken said.

"We responded to it with the fire appliance from Bundaberg and also the auxiliary from Bargara and a further auxiliary from Elliott Heads.

"This abandoned home was fully involved, the fire was through the roof and flames approximately 15m high."

Mr McCracken said on arrival the crew examined the situation and a full 360 was performed to make sure no persons were in the premises.

Cassie Cronin took this photo of the fire.
Cassie Cronin took this photo of the fire.

In the past month there had been a number of house fires across the region.

He said the fire would be treated as suspicious but could not speculate at the time as to whether they were related and a full investigation would continue in the morning.

"There will be a fire investigation as this fire is considered suspicious," he said.

"As to whether it is linked to others we do not know at this time.

"Fire investigations only occur during the day time so we will have to wait and see."

Mr McCracken said the challenge in putting out the fire promptly was the closest water supply was further away than normal.

"Well, the closest water supply to get water to the fire was approximately 80 metres away across the road," he said.

"So we had to run a relay to get the water to the fire."

He said the cause of the fire was not known at this time but could rule out electricity playing a part.

"There is no power supply to the premises so we can divulge that electricity was not involved," Mr McCracken said.

Janine Hochmuth took this photo of the Bargara house fire.
Janine Hochmuth took this photo of the Bargara house fire.

Mr McCracken said it did not take long for the fire to engulf the home as it was built from mainly old wood which was a fire accelerant.

"It was a weatherboard low set home perhaps built in the 40's," he said.

"Because they are constructed entirely of timber - the timber is dry and its old, it doesn't take long for fire to get hold and once it has its pretty difficult to put it out."

EARLIER: Emergency crews are attending a house fire at the round-a-bout of Hughes Rd, Rifle Range and Windermere Rd. 

The house was well alight by the time the crews arrived just before 8pm.

More details to come

Shandell Bozanic shared this photo of the fire.
Shandell Bozanic shared this photo of the fire.

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