Fire de­stroys house in Proser­pine

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Sharon Small­wood

DE­TEC­TIVES from the Whit­sun­day Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (CIB) are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a fire that to­tally de­stroyed a Proser­pine house in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

This was the se­cond blaze at the res­i­dence in just two months.

Maria Ca­vanagh was one of the Ann Street res­i­dents wo­ken by the blaze some time be­tween 3-3.30am.

Ms Ca­vanagh de­scribed see­ing a “huge glow” from her own house be­fore call­ing the fire brigade and tak­ing to the street with her neigh­bours.

“We were stand­ing three houses away and we could feel the heat,” she said.

Aux­il­lary fire­fight­ers from the Proser­pine sta­tion were on the scene within min­utes but a Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice (QFRS) spokes­woman said the fire­fight­ers were not able to save the house, with the last crew leav­ing the scene at 7.20am.

Whit­sun­day Po­lice act­ing se­nior sergeant Nathan Blain said po­lice ar­rived at the fire at 4am and quickly es­tab­lished a crime scene.

Sgt Blain con­firmed the house was un­in­hab­ited at the time. Af­ter the pre­vi­ous fire on Au­gust 5, res­i­dents of the dwelling Kassie and Brett Robin­son and their chil­dren Katarna (6) and Mylie (4), were forced to seek al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion ( Whit

sun­day Times, Au­gust 8). Sgt Blain said the orig­i­nal fire was non­sus­pi­cious and caused by an elec­tri­cal fault, how­ever he con­firmed that in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Tues­day’s blaze were now un­der­way.

“Po­lice have a crime scene there at the mo­ment and are await­ing the re­sults of foren­sic examinations to de­ter­mine the cause,” he said.

Proser­pine Po­lice se­nior con­sta­ble Dominic Cross said un­til a cause was de­ter­mined, Tues­day’s fire would be treated as sus­pi­cious, with foren­sic of­fi­cers ex­am­in­ing the scene for ev­i­dence or signs of any ac­cel­er­ants.

Any mem­bers of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion that might as­sist po­lice are asked to con­tact the Proser­pine sta­tion on 4945 9666.

GUT­TED: Tues­day's fire was the se­cond blaze at the Ann Street res­i­dence, but this time the prop­erty was to­tally de­stroyed.

ABLAZE: A house on Ann St, Proser­pine, caught fire in the early hours of Tues­day morn­ing.

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