Man accused of burning house to the ground during ‘disturbance’

A MAN has been charged with arson after allegedly burning down a house in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.

Police were responding to reports of a disturbance at the Clive Crescent home at Withcott just after 9pm when they found the property “fully engulfed in flames”.

Thankfully, police said the female occupant was able to escape the home and alert emergency services.


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Firefighters managed to bring the fire under control and stop it from spreading to neighbouring properties, but not before it destroyed the Clive Crescent home.

A vehicle parked near the house was also destroyed in the blaze.

A man was found nearby the scene a short time later, suffering from burns to his hands and smoke inhalation.

He was arrested and taken to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment before being discharged and released into police custody.

The 49-year-old man from Newtown has since been charged with one count of arson and was due to front Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.

His relationship to the woman who was inside the house at the time he allegedly set it on fire is not known.

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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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