Amanda and Miley Twigge are shattered after someone deliberately set fire to their concreting business in Gladstone.
Amanda and Miley Twigge are shattered after someone deliberately set fire to their concreting business in Gladstone. Rosie O'Brien

'Stupidity' of arson costs couple their livelihoods

"YOU'VE crippled us but will not sink us," is the attitude Amanda and Miley Twigge are adopting after their concrete business was engulfed in flames on Saturday morning.

Normally Miley Twigge drives to his Hanson cement jobsite at 4.30am every Saturday to wash his mixer, but there was nothing normal about last weekend.

Mr Twigge said in the wee hours of the morning he knew something wasn't right.

"We live just a few streets away from work and I could hear what I thought was fireworks," he said.

"The dogs were barking berserk but I continued as normal, it wasn't until I arrived to work that I found my office and truck alight."

It was 4.30am when Mr Twigge arrived at the Rye St address, but by then the office was completely destroyed and the right side of his mixer burnt.

Queensland Police are treating the incident as suspicious but the long-time locals have no doubt it was arson.

Amanda and Miley Twigge say they are shattered that someone deliberately set fire to their business.
Amanda and Miley Twigge say they are shattered that someone deliberately set fire to their business. Rosie O'Brien

"It's obvious that someone broke in and then lit a flame in the lunch room which got out of control and then trailed on to the truck," MrsTwigge said.

"There's no cash or anything on site, just cans of soft drink so they must have just done it for a thrill."

The couple don't believe they were personally targeted but said they were devastated at what this had done to them, emotionally and financially.

"I've been in the industry for 14 years and never had a problem with anyone in town, I think I've built a good rapport with the community," MrTwigge said.

"Someone's stupidity has cost us our livelihood and I'm now out of work until we can get a new $100,000 truck.

"The kids have been really affected too to see the pain it's caused."

The arson attack came just days after Clinton Football Club was targeted.

"I honestly think it was kids and if so, where are their parents? They need to find something constructive to do," Mrs Twigge said.

Mr Twigge will be back on the road in weeks, borrowing a company vehicle.



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