7:10pm THREE men who averted a major disaster in a Musgrave St service station last night say they were acting in self-preservation and just wanted to put the fire out.
Matthew Hull said the fire was enormous and completely engulfed bowsers and curled all the way to Musgrave St. "No-one knew if it was going to explode," he said.
"We're grateful the police arrived quickly. We couldn't have held him back for much longer." "He had three guys on him and he was overpowering us."
12.50pm: ROCKHAMPTON police have praised the quick actions of a service station operator following the ignition of a fire at a petrol bowser that could have turned into a 'disastrous explosion.'
Just before 11pm last night a 39-year-old Kawana man William Mason approached the Shell service station on the corner of High and Musgrave St and poured petrol on the ground.
Police confirmed he then lit the puddle of petrol a light before members of the public restrained him and extinguished the fire.
Acting Detective Inspector Paul Elliot said there was a significant explosion but that it could have been much worse if it weren't for the brave actions of members from the public.
"The quick actions of the console operator and passers-by certainly diverted a potential disaster here," Acting Detective Inspector Elliot said.
"The bowsers were immediately shut down after the ignition which caused a significant explosion.
"Without the quick thinking of the operator this could have been the biggest disaster Rocky has seen for a long time.
"There was no damage to any property or anyone injured but this had the potential to go really bad. There was no comment made to police about the circumstances that led to this incident."
10:43AM: The man who has been charged with attemped arson following last night's incident at the Shell service station has been identified as Kawana man William Mason.
The Shell service station is operating as normal today following the incident last night.
10.10AM: THE Bulletin has confirmed the Shell service station on the corner of Musgrave and High Streets was where a man poured petrol on the ground and ignited it last night.
Members of the community extinguished the fire and restrained the man until police arrived.
A 39-year-old man from Kawana has appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning in relation to the incident and has been remanded in custody.
He is due to reappear for a committal mention on November 25.
7.35am: A 39-YEAR-OLD Kawana man has been charged over last night's fire incident at a service station on Musgrave street.
Police alleged around 10.45pm, a man approached a fuel pump at a service station on Musgrave Street and started pouring fuel onto the ground near the bowser.
The man is then alleged to have ignited the fuel with a lighter.
The fire was extinguished by members of the public who also restrained the man until police arrived.
A 39-year-old Kawana man has been charged with attempted arson and is due to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.
5.45am: A man is in police custody after using a lighter to start a fire near a fuel bowser at a North Rockhampton service station last night.
Police said 10.45pm, a man approached a fuel pump at a service station on Musgrave Street and started pouring fuel onto the ground near the bowser.
The man then produced a lighter and ignited the fuel.
Members of the public that were at the service station used fire extinguishers to put out the blaze and the man was restrained until police arrived and took him into custody.
No one was injured as a result of fire. Investigations are continuing.
More to follow.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.