Crime scene declared after house ‘explodes’ on the Gold Coast

UPDATE at 12:00 AM on SUNDAY | A CRIME scene has been declared as police investigate the cause of a ferocious fire that ripped through a house at Molendinar, burning it to the ground.

Neighbours reported hearing an explosion before the Lillywood Circuit home went up in flames around 5:30pm on Saturday.

Ryan Littler told myGC he was walking down the street with his girlfriend when they heard a “loud bang” and saw a man running away from the house moments before it was consumed by fire.


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Thankfully, police released a statement late last night confirming that no one was in the home when it caught alight.

Mobile phone footage obtained by myGC shows a ferocious fire, with bright orange flames shooting out of the roof and above the tree tops.

The fire produced a large plume of black smoke, so big it could be seen from several kilometres away.

Police have confirmed investigators are treating the blaze as suspicious and are urging anyone with information to come forward.

It’s the second suspicious house fire on the Gold Coast in as many days.

Police are still investigating the cause of a fierce blaze that destroyed a house in similar circumstances at Carrara on Friday afternoon.

In scenes familiar to those in Molendinar, police said neighbours reported hearing an explosion before the house went up.

A woman who lives in the street told myGC she heard “two or three loud bangs” before the flames took hold.

The woman said the blasts were so powerful, they “shook the windows” in her home.

Anyone with any information relating to either fire that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

FIRST at 8:00 PM on SATURDAY | A FEROCIOUS fire has ripped through a home at Molendinar on the Gold Coast, reducing it to rubble.

The house went up in flames on the corner of Lillywood Circuit and Lockwood Place late on Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters rushed to the suburban street just after 5.30pm and arrived to find the home already well alight.

Local resident Ryan Littler told my myGC he saw a man running away from the house before it exploded.

“I was walking my girlfriend down the street and we saw a man run out and off into the bushes. Immediately afterwards it [the house] burst into flames,” he said.

Mr Littler said he and his girlfriend heard a “loud bang and a crash” before seeing a “burst of flames”.

Videos from the scene show huge orange flames shooting out of the roof of the house and above the tree tops.

It is not clear if anyone was still inside the home when it caught fire.

Paramedics were dispatched to the scene but thankfully were not needed.

The fire sent a huge plume of black smoke soaring into the sky above the suburb which could be seen from several kilometres away.

The cause of the blaze was not immediately known.

Police are investigating and are believed to be treating the fire as suspicious.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

Anyone with any information is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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