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Video: Suspicious fire destroys newly renovated home

A SUSPICIOUS fire burnt a newly renovated two-storey Targinie home to the ground just days before the owners were due to move in.

The 101 Spresser Rd home only needed a lick of paint before it was completed, but the renovations meant nobody was inside the home when it burnt down on Friday morning.

Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said officers believed the fire was deliberately lit.

"A person's house has been completely destroyed to the ground along with all belongings inside," he said.

"The house has been floored to the ground and cannot be renovated anymore."

Fire and forensic investigators on Friday combed through the charred remains to determine what accelerants were used and where the fire started.

DESTRUCTION: Forensic and fire investigators search through the ash of a recently renovated home in Targinie that burnt to the ground yesterday morning.
DESTRUCTION: Forensic and fire investigators search through the ash of a recently renovated home in Targinie that burnt to the ground yesterday morning. Paul Braven

The property had signs at the gate warning there were CCTV cameras, and Det Snr Sgt Peachey said the footage would be used in the investigation.

"Due to the remote location, if persons were going to go out there to start a fire, it would be for a specific reason," he said.

Gladstone Fire and Rescue Station Officer Graham Smith said the two fire crews who attended had no chance of saving the house.

"The fire was fairly alight when a neighbour called us at 5.18am when he saw it on his way to work," he said.

"When we got there the roof was already flattened and there were only little bits we could put out. It had been burning for some time.

"We made sure there was no one in there and then made sure it was controlled.

"They were about to move in the next few days so it was lucky nobody was inside."

Police are asking for public assistance from anyone who has information. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24-hours a day.

Forensic and fire Investigators search through the ashes of a recently renovated home in Targinie that burnt to the ground on Friday morning.
Forensic and fire Investigators search through the ashes of a recently renovated home in Targinie that burnt to the ground on Friday morning. Paul Braven

Topics:  fire, gladstone police, house fire, luke peachey, qfes




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