'House may have been torched'

SUSPECTED arson is what police are calling a house fire that saw the front veranda of a Loch Lomond residence go up in flames early yesterday morning.

A call was made to police about 2.30am by a passing truck driver who saw the front section of the house, on the Warwick-Killarney Rd, burning.

Police, fire crews and Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch personnel attended the blaze.

Head of CIB Detective Sergeant Darren Tamblyn said it first looked unsuspicious, but further investigation suggested otherwise.

"Last night it didn't look too suspicious but when we came back this morning it looked like someone has torched the place," Det Sgt Tamblyn said.

He said accelerants were used to start the fire, with different patches located across the veranda.

The front left (from the road) room had damage to the interior, but Det Sgt Tamblyn said despite significant damage it was not a write off.

The owner of the house is currently overseas so the house was unoccupied at the time.

Warwick CIB detectives will continue investigating the scene today.



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