A Highfields man has been charged with arson after a residence was destroyed by fire at Mt Kynoch on Monday afternoon.
A Highfields man has been charged with arson after a residence was destroyed by fire at Mt Kynoch on Monday afternoon. 7 Local News

House fire is latest in string of suspicious region infernos

A HOUSE razed in an overnight blaze is the latest in a string of suspicious fires across the region.

Fire crews were called to the timber house at West St about 2 o'clock this morning.

The fire was well involved when Queensland Fire and Emergency Services arrived at the scene.

Police have arrested one man in relation to the incident. He is yet to be charged.

A shed was also destroyed in a suspicious blaze on a semi-rural property in the small town of Hendon on Wednesday night

Scientific police and fire investigators are yet to determine what sparked the blaze.

House fire on West St. Photo: 7 News Toowoomba
House fire on West St. Photo: 7 News Toowoomba

Neighbours to the Goomburra St property called 000 about 8pm after noticing flames and smelling smoke.

The homeowners were away at the time. Police are treating the fire as suspicious.

Two Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews were called to the property with reports the fire was well involved on arrival.

A Rural Fire Service crew was called in to back up QFES crews which were battling the fire with hose reels.

Firefighters removed the roofing tin to gain access and dampen down hotspots after the bulk of the fire was extinguished.

A crime scene was set up yesterday as investigators combed the rubble of the 7mx14m shed located about 20m from the home.

Furniture, along with tools and other items, had been stored inside the structure.

Warwick's Criminal Investigation Branch detectives declared the area a crime scene and searched the area in an effort to identify how it started.

An appeal was made for information from nearby residents, particularly if anyone was seen in the area about half an hour before the fire was reported.

Glennon House was razed in a suspected arson overnight. Photo courtesy of Joshua Stolz.
Glennon House was razed in a suspected arson overnight. Photo courtesy of Joshua Stolz.

It is the latest in a number of suspicious fires on the Darling Downs, with police investigations continuing into the former Glennon House Motel last Friday.

The cause of the intense fire which razed the iconic building is yet to be determined despite days of investigation.

Toowoomba police believe it was deliberately lit.

Squatters were regularly seen at the shuttered building and while a man was arrested at the scene on Friday night, he was released without charge.

A Highfields man stands accused of lighting a fire which destroyed a home at Mt Kynoch on Monday afternoon.

Thomas William Churchward appeared before Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Tuesday on two counts of arson arising from the fire which destroyed the vacant house at Foggy Bottom and damaged a shed.

The 29-year-old was not required to enter any pleas to the charges and was released on bail.

In an unrelated incident, a boy, 11, was charged with arson while another three, aged 6, 7, and 9, were cautioned, after an alleged arson attack at Cherbourg State School on Tuesday.

The structure was significantly damaged in the blaze which was reported about 5pm.

The three younger boys were dealt with under the Youth Justices Act.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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