Police are investigating if this burnt-out fibreglass boat on Ann St, Rockhampton, was deliberately lit.
Police are investigating if this burnt-out fibreglass boat on Ann St, Rockhampton, was deliberately lit. Chris Ison

Quick action saves unit from fire

BY THE time Jamie Mallett could smell the smoke coming from a blazing fibreglass boat parked in his neighbour's driveway, the flames were higher than the roof of their unit.

Jamie dialled triple zero as soon as he saw the fire across the road from his Ann St, Rockhampton, house at 8.50pm on Wednesday.

Three fire crews arrived almost immediately and Jamie said they contained the fire within minutes.

He said the destruction of the small boat would be a blow to his neighbours, who were out of town attending the funeral of the woman's father.

"What a thing to happen when they're away doing that," Jamie said.

Jamie said he had lived in the street almost his entire life and there had never been a fire before Wednesday.

"It's very rare for this sort of neighbourhood," he said.

"Things like that don't catch on fire for no reason."

Jamie said a police officer remained outside the unit for most of the night and police had asked if he had seen anything suspicious. But Jamie said he didn't see anyone near the boat.

CIB officer-in-charge Detective Senior Sergeant Scott Moon didn't rule out arson yesterday.

He said police were investigating the cause of the fire and were treating it as suspicious.

Police said there was minor damage to the wall of the unit, but no one was injured.

They are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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