A Ford Falcon ute was torched on the Bruce Hwy early on Wednesday.
A Ford Falcon ute was torched on the Bruce Hwy early on Wednesday. Scott Sawyer

No apparent link between latest car fire and 4WD torching

POLICE say a third car fire in a week doesn't appear to be linked to the torching of two vehicles on Monday, but the blaze is being treated as suspicious.

The third vehicle was set alight early on Wednesday morning, with firefighters called to a blazing ute just south of the Calliope Crossroads.

The white Ford Falcon ute was reported to emergency services by a witness driving past, who stopped and attempted to extinguish the burning vehicle.

Gladstone Fire and Rescue Service officers attended after the passing motorist found the flaming ute about 2.30am.

A crime scene was declared and the blaze is being treated as suspicious.

Gladstone CIB's Detective Senior Constable Kurt Rabnott said it did not appear that there was any link between Wednesday's attack and the arson attack earlier this week, which caused more than $85,000 of damage to two vehicles parked at a unit complex on Katherine Rd, Calliope.

"There doesn't appear to be any connection (between the two incidents)," Snr Const Rabnott said.

He said initial investigations had revealed it appeared an accelerant had been used to set fire to the Falcon ute.

The vehicle had been left on the southbound shoulder of the Bruce Hwy, just near the Old Ten Chain Rd turn-off, after the ute had a flat tyre about 8pm on Tuesday.

Snr Const Rabnott asked anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

"Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers immediately or see Gladstone Police," he said.

Windows were smashed on a ute that was set alight by the side of the Bruce Hwy near Calliope in the early hours of Wednesday.
Windows were smashed on a ute that was set alight by the side of the Bruce Hwy near Calliope in the early hours of Wednesday. Scott Sawyer


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