MONTROSE FIRES SPARK SUS­PI­CION

Po­lice say se­ries of spot fires un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - Amani Vas­sil­iou Amani.Vas­sil­[email protected]­chillanews.com.au

PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a num­ber of fires that broke out in Montrose this past week amid the dev­as­tat­ing bush­fires con­tin­u­ing to rage across the state.

A po­lice spokesman said in the early hours of Satur­day, 10 spot fires had been lit de­lib­er­ately over a few hun­dred me­tres at the side of Clynes Rd in Montrose, south of Chin­chilla.

The spokesman said of­fi­cers were treat­ing the fires as sus­pi­cious af­ter fire­fight­ers re­sponded to the call about 5am on Satur­day.

He said in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the fires were con­tin­u­ing.

Fire crews also re­sponded to an­other blaze the night be­fore in which an aban­doned Montrose home was en­gulfed in flames and de­stroyed.

A Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices spokes­woman said four crews had at­tended an un­oc­cu­pied home on Montrose St af­ter re­ports about 10.30pm the two-storey prop­erty was fully alight.

The fire was brought un­der con­trol just af­ter mid­night and the mat­ter was handed over to po­lice.

A po­lice spokes­woman said it ap­peared the prop­erty had been aban­doned for sev­eral months and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were un­der way to de­ter­mine the cause of the blaze.

“At this point it is not known if the fire was de­lib­er­ate,” the spokes­woman said.

Both fire in­ci­dents took place con­cur­rently to the bush­fire burn­ing since Novem­ber 26 near Rob­bos Rd, Mary Rd, Wains Rd and Chin­chilla Tara Rd in Wieam­billa.

A lo­cal fire ban for res­i­dents in the Western Downs re­gion was set in place from Novem­ber 28 and af­ter the Montrose Rd blaze was resched­uled to ex­pire mid­night Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the fires in Montrose, phone Po­licelink on 131 444.

PHO­TOS: AMANI VAS­SIL­IOU & JAC­QUI LAMB

HOUSE DE­STROYED: Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fire that en­gulfed an aban­doned house in Montrose last Fri­day night to dis­cern if it was de­lib­er­ately lit. IN­SET: The bush­fire burn­ing near Rob­bos Rd in Wieam­billa.

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