Blaze engulfs residence


NEIGHBOURS heard a "bang'' about the time a suspicious fire destroyed a North Rockhampton house on Monday night.

Len Dobeli, 58, who lives across the road from where the Main Street home was gutted, said he came running out about 6pm when he heard his grandson yelling.

"He said there was a big fire,'' he said about 8pm on Monday.

"I raced out and there was fire coming out of the windows.

"One of the lads (a neighbour) said there was a bang.''

Mr Dobeli said the owner of the house had been renovating it for sale.

"He told me there was computers in there and nothing else.''

Rockhampton District Police Inspector David Scott said the owner had left the residence with a friend to go to the pub about half an hour before the blaze erupted.

The owner could not be contacted yesterday.

Inspector Scott said while the cause of the blaze had yet to be determined police were investigating the possibility an arsonist could be responsible.

Fire and Rescue station officer Bill Budd said after inspecting the site it was believed the blaze started in the centre living area of the house.

Anyone with information on the fire should contact Rockhampton police on 49321 500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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