The charred machinery smoulders after the blaze.
The charred machinery smoulders after the blaze.

Arson suspected as machinery working on pipeline burns

INVESTIGATIONS are underway after a fire near Targinnie Rd on Monday afternoon destroyed heavy machinery working on the gas pipeline.

Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch detectives received the call about 2pm after an employee reported the fire, which looked to have been deliberately lit among the machinery before blazing a trail through a crop and bushland towards Targinnie Rd.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officers were called to the blaze, to contain the fire and prevented it jumping the road and moving towards a nearby farmhouse.

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Gladstone CIB Detective Senior Constable Matt Columbus said while the investigation was in its very preliminary stages, they were treating it as an arson incident.

"Well at this stage we're treating it (the fire) as deliberately lit until our investigation establishes what's actually occurred," Det Snr Const Columbus said.

"It's the initial stages of the investigation and we're waiting for our forensic people to come out to the scene."

Det Snr Const Columbus said they believed the damaged machinery had been hire equipment and his team were in the process of establishing who owned it.

He said no threats had been made prior to the suspected attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gladstone Police on 4971 3222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 



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