A firefighter leaves the Wintergarden Theatre.
A firefighter leaves the Wintergarden Theatre. KC

Police suspect fires to be arson

POLICE are investigating a possible multiple arsonist after two suspicious fires were lit in South Rockhampton on Tuesday.

The first was on Alma Lane around 2.45am where a 33-year-old woman escaped from her home uninjured after it was lit on fire.

Immediate investigations indicated there were a number of small fires started, which caused moderate damage to an outside wall of the building.

The second fire was lit in the abandoned Wintergarden Theatre on Alma Street.

Entry was forced to the back of the old theatre, which has lain dormant for more than a year while developers continue with plans to build a multi-storey motel and residential apartment block.

Firefighters were called to extinguish a blaze that was started at the back of the abandoned Alma Street theatre around 7.17am.

No one was inside at the time and a crime scene was set up straight away due to suspicious circumstances.

A police spokesperson said Alma Lane was closed between Denham and Fitzroy streets while the site was secured.

The heritage-listed building, which has a rich history in Rockhampton’s CBD, was not extensively damaged.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.



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