Nikita Watts

Fire destroys Yeppoon boat house

A LUXURIOUS and unique jetty overlooking Yeppoon's Ross Creek was reduced to charcoal and ashes yesterday, devastating the group of owners.

With a barbecue, fridge, couches, pot plants, paintings and memorabilia, the shed and jetty was used by the owners and their families for entertaining and mooring their vessels and was a pretty, much-talked about - and even painted - image on the Ross Creek waterline.

But at 4.15am yesterday the jetty was well alight when fire crews arrived and thousands of dollars worth of possessions and countless memories were destroyed.

While viewing the damage with a heavy heart yesterday, one owner, who wished not to be named, said it took them about five years to build it to the standard that it was and it was used regularly.

He said it was safe and secure and fully fenced and he was devastated that it was now reduced to rubble.

"The kids can't believe it. They helped to build it over the years; it was a labour of love for the family... now she is all gone," he said.

"We would come and sit and have a barbecue with the family. The stuff you collect, it all came down here."

Another owner at the site yesterday said he felt sick when he got the phone call yesterday morning.

"I nearly had tears," he said.

The man said he often received comments from people about how beautiful the jetty looked compared to other run-down sheds along the creek.

Detective Senior Constable of Yeppoon Criminal Investigation Branch, Alex Nezic, said police were appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

He said investigations were continuing to establish the cause of the fire.

Scientific officers and police scenes of crime officers were at the scene yesterday.

If you saw someone acting suspicious in the area, or saw the fire, contact Yeppoon Police on 4939 0000.

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