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Police lay arson charges after blaze

FIRE: A building caught fire on Wood St, Warwick this morning.
FIRE: A building caught fire on Wood St, Warwick this morning. Jonno Colfs

UPDATE 5.30pm: A WARWICK man charged with arson after a house fire on Wood St earlier today was reportedly known to the residents of the home.

Detective sergeant Darren Tamblyn of the Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch said the 29-year-old was located a short time after the fire by the Warwick CIB, interviewed and later charged at Warwick watch house.

The man is due to appear at Warwick Magistrates Court on October 25.

Det Sgt Tamblyn said police viewed extensive CCTV footage from a number of businesses and had identified a number of possible witnesses to the incident.

Police would also like to speak with the drivers and passengers of a beige/gold Honda Sedan with NSW registration plates, as well as a white Jeep SUV with black and white personalised number plates that were in the area at the time of the fire. 

The vehicles were driving in Stewart Avenue between 8.40am and 9am and may have seen something that could assist the investigation. 

Police would also like anyone who has a dashcam and was driving along Wood Street near its intersection with Albion Street between 8.40am and 9am to contact police.

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch on 07 4660 4430.

UPDATE 4.15pm: Charges have been laid after a home was damaged by fire in Warwick this morning.

A 29-year-old Warwick man has been charged with arson and is due to appear in Warwick Magistrates Court on October 25. 

Police would like to speak with the drivers and passengers of a beige/gold Honda Sedan with NSW registration plates, as well as a white Jeep SUV with black and white personalised number plates that were in the area at the time of the fire. 

The vehicles were driving in Stewart Avenue between 8.40am and 9am and may have seen something that could assist the investigation. 

Police would also like anyone who has a dashcam and was driving along Wood Street near its intersection with Albion Street between 8.40am and 9am to contact police. 

Emergency services were called to the home on the corner of Wood Street and Stewart Avenue around 9am.

No people were inside at the time, however after the fire was extinguished, a family dog was located deceased in the house. 

Initial investigations by the Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch indicated that the fire was suspicious. 

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact Warwick Police on 07 4660 4430.

UPDATE 11.15AM: A spokesman from Queensland Police Services said the cause of a fire on Wood St this morning remained unknown and may be treated as suspicious until proven otherwise.

Investigation is under way into the blaze, which engulfed a home next door to Roses Chinese Restaurant about 9am.

Warwick police said neighbours in the immediate vicinity of the home were evacuated but could not confirm how many people were affected.

An ambulance crew also attended the scene this morning but no one required medical treatment.

UPDATE 10.10AM: Police are now treating a fire, which engulfed a Warwick home this morning, as suspicious.

Flames lashed from the roof of the building on Wood St this morning, which was located next to Roses Chinese Restaurant.

A spokeswoman from Queensland Ambulance Services said a crew attended the scene but no one required medical treatment. 

Fire crews rushed to the blaze about 9am and it has now been brought under control.

A spokesman from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said crews remain on the scene dampening hot spots to ensure the fire does not start up again.

He said the cause of the fire was unknown at this stage and it was believed no one was inside the residence at the time of the fire.

INITIAL 9.30AM: FLAMES lashed from the roof of a residence on Wood St after the building caught fire this morning.

Fire crews were called to the scene about 9am this morning and are currently at the scene trying to tame the blaze.

The residence is located next door to Roses Chinese Restaurant, which at this stage appeared to be undamaged by the fire.

Updates to follow.

Topics:  breaking news fire crews queensland fire and emergency services warwick fire



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