Blaze de­stroys two homes

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHIT­SUN­DAY de­tec­tives have in­ves­ti­gat­ing a blaze that de­stroyed two homes on a prop­erty 15 km north of Proser­pine.

Three fire crews, made up of ru­ral and ur­ban ser­vices, at­tended the ad­dress, on the Bruce Hwy at Gre­gory River, about 2.30pm on Tues­day.

The two dwellings were en­gulfed in flames on their ar­riv- al and crews were able to ex­tin­guish the fire to the homes by about 4pm.

A large sec­tion of grass sur­round­ing the build­ings was also well alight and was put out by the ru­ral ser­vice.

Both houses were gut­ted by the fire, Mackay Dis­trict Duty Of­fice Se­nior Sergeant Adrian Geary said.

Queens­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice also at­tended, but oc­cu­pants were away when the fire oc­curred.

Po­lice stood guard at the prop­erty overnight Tues­day be­fore Scenes of Crime in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rives yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Whit­sun­day CIB De­tec­tive Sergeant Jon Kent said po­lice were treat­ing the in­ci­dent as sus­pi­cious, which was stan- dard pro­ce­dure un­til the cause was known.

It was still too early to de­ter­mine whether the fire be­gan in­side or out­side the dwellings, which stool about one me­tre apart on the same lot, Det Sgt Kent said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the fire were on­go­ing, Det Sgt Kent said.

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