Fire that destroyed truck and building suspicious
GLADSTONE police and fire investigators are trying to determine whether a fire which demolished a truck and building was deliberately lit.
Sometime between 7.15pm on Friday and 4.40am on Saturday, a fire engulfed a Hanson Heidelberg Cement Group truck and office building.
Regional fire investigator Graham Smith said it took the Gladstone Fire and Rescue crews about half-an-hour to completely extinguish the fire.
He said they also found evidence of forced entry.
"Signs of forced entry to the structure were quite clear. The outcome of that is subject to ongoing investigations," he said.
Mr Smith said the crews did very well to contain the fire, given that there were no fire hydrants in Rye St.
The closest hydrant was 200m away on Gladstone Benaraby Rd.
"The crew did very well to get it under control in the time that they did with limited resources available.
"Another crew arrived and they had to relay water," Mr Smith said.
Gladstone police and Gladstone Fire and Emergency crews were called to the scene early Saturday morning.
"It was well involved and the building was predominantly collapsed upon arrival.
"It had been burning for some time," Mr Smith said.
"An employee who lives nearby the area was awoken at around 4am from what he thought was fireworks, but would have been from some minor explosions from line-marking paint tins that, upon investigations, we found had exploded."
Gladstone police were continuing their investigations into whether the fire was an electrical fault or had been deliberately lit.