Crime scene declared as police probe suspect fire
11AM: ROCKHAMPTON Police say they will continue to treat a house fire at Wandal as suspicious until they can determine the cause of the fire.
The Naughton St home was engulfed by flames at 4pm on Tuesday afternoon and totally gutted by 6.30pm, with multiple fire crews working to save the home.
Detective Sergeant Simon Barclay said scientific investigators will work at the home today to determine the cause of the blaze.
"Police are treating it as a suspicious due to the fact that we can't establish the cause of the fire just yet," he said.
"Investigations are ongoing to determine how the fire started."
The home will remain a crime scene throughout today and Det. Barclay said police asking for assistance from anyone in the area who may have seen something suspicious at the time of the fire, or in the hours or days before.
"The investigation is still in its early stages," he said.
9AM: POLICE have confirmed they have set up a crime scene at a Wandal address after it was gutted by fire yesterday afternoon.
Neighbours called emergency services shortly before 4pm on Tuesday afternoon after they saw smoke coming from the Naughton St home.
A crime scene has been declared at the home and police are asking for anyone who may have seen someone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the fire or in recent weeks to come forward with any information.
The home was fully engulfed by flames when QFES arrived on scene.
Police have confirmed the occupants of the home were away at the time of the fire.
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UPDATE WEDNESDAY 6.40AM: The Fire Investigations Unit is expected at the scene of the house fire that gutted a Wandal home yesterday afternoon.
Spokespeople from both Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Police Force say they will be present at the Naughton St home throughout the day as investigations into the blaze begin.
Yesterday, fire crews had to remove part of the home's roof to fight the blaze that started shortly before 4pm.
Crews fought the blaze for over two hours before it was completely extinguished around 6.30pm.
QFES were on scene until around 7.15pm, when they left the home in the hands of police, who cordoned off the home.
4.30PM: FIREFIGHTERS are walking into a burning house in Wandal to access the back part which is still emitting smoke.
Reports from The Morning Bulletin photo-journalist Jann Houley indicate the fire may have started in the front of the house as the left side has significant smoke damage.
"There was ash in the air when I arrived," she said.
"It's still very smoky."
Ms Houley said fire crews were moving towards to back of the house where smoke could still be seen to be coming from.
4.10PM: A HOME in Wandal has been totally engulfed by fire this afternoon.
Reports indicate that three Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are on scene at the Naughton St address and are currently searching the home using thermal image cameras.
Witness reports suggest no one is home.
4PM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services are on the scene of a house fire in Wandal.
Initial reports indicate the home St is well alight with smoke visible.
Crews in the house now searching for the source of the fire.
Queensland Ambulance are also on route.