Surfers Paradise building fire declared ‘suspicious’, police probe underway

UPDATE at 12:15 PM on WEDNESDAY | FORENSIC officers are investigating the cause of a fire that ripped through an abandoned restaurant in Surfers Paradise overnight.

Flames tore through the old China House building on Surfers Paradise Boulevard shortly after 8pm, shrouding the beachside suburb in thick smoke.

Traffic was diverted off Surfers Paradise Boulevard and around the scene while multiple fire crews worked to extinguish the inferno, which had consumed the inside the building.


Police released a statement on Wednesday, confirming they were treating the blaze as suspicious.

Footage supplied to myGC showed flames leaping from the front of the shop before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters managed to stop the flames from spreading to neighbouring business but despite their efforts, the abandoned building sustained substantial fire, smoke and water damage.

The Northern Investigative Group (Gold Coast CIB) is now investigating the circumstances surrounding the blaze while forensic officers continue to probe its cause.

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

Anyone who has CCTV footage, dash cam vision or mobile footage of the incident or information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.

(Source: Supplied)

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FIRST at 10:00 PM on TUESDAY | A FIRE has ripped through a building in Surfers Paradise, shrouding the beachside suburb in smoke.

Flames tore through the old China House building around 8pm on Tuesday.

Four fire crews responded the scene, along with police and paramedics.

Footage supplied to myGC showed flames leaping from the front of the shop before firefighters arrived.

Trams were suspended while crews worked to stop the blaze from spreading to neighbouring businesses.

It took crews almost an hour to douse the flames and declare the area safe.

Fortunately, no one was inside the shop, which is permanently closed, and no one was injured.

It was not immediately known what sparked the inferno.

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