The home in Narooma Drive, Branyan, that caught fire on Sunday evening.
The home in Narooma Drive, Branyan, that caught fire on Sunday evening. Mike Knott

Police probe two fires

TWO men have been charged over a fire in Maryborough St and police are investigating another fire in Branyan that destroyed a house on Sunday evening.

Bundaberg police Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said the two men in custody, a 21-year-old and an 18-year-old, lived in George St in Bundaberg West.

They have both been charged with arson.

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said both men were being held in custody and police were objecting to bail being granted.

The men are expected to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court either today or tomorrow.

The fire caused minor damage to a brick outbuilding behind a set of shops in Maryborough St.

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said police would allege a witness saw two men starting the fire about 6.30 on Sunday evening.

Police are also investigating a fire that destroyed a house in Narooma Drive in Branyan about 7.30pm on Sunday.

Only twisted wreckage remained of the house yesterday, but no-one was injured in the blaze.

One of the owners of the house was at the scene yesterday but she was too upset to talk to the NewsMail.

Det Snr Sgt Hildred said Scenes of Crime officers were at the scene yesterday investigating the fire.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch were also taking statements from witnesses.

It is believed the two fires are not linked.

Anyone with information that could help police with their investigations is asked to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800333000 or crimestoppers.com.au, 24 hours a day.



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