UPDATE | Man charged over suspicious Gold Coast house fire

UPDATE @ 6.00AM, Friday, April 2 | A man has now been charged over a suspicious house fire in Ashmore on Thursday.

Firefighters were called to a home on Walabah Drive around 11am to find the house well alight.

It’s believed the blaze started in a front room of the house.


The fire was quickly extinguished but not before causing extensive damage to the home.

A 30-year-old Surfers Paradise man was arrested several hours later.

He has now been charged with one count of arson.

He is also facing a fraud charge unrelated to the fire.

The man is due to front Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday.

EARLIER @ 5.00PM, Thursday, April 1 | A man has been arrested after a home in Ashmore was badly damaged in a suspicious house fire.

The blaze broke out in the front room of a home on Walabah Drive just after 11am on Thursday.

The home was fully engulfed when fire crews arrived however they managed to quickly extinguish the blaze.

A crime scene was established with fire investigators called in.

Following an investigation, Police arrested a 30-year-old Surfers Paradise man in Ashmore just after 3pm.

Charges are yet to be laid.

No one was injured in the fire.

EARLIER by Shanee Dobeson |A number of fire crews remain on scene at a house fire on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

The blaze erupted at a home on Walabah Drive in Ashmore just before midday.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson told myGC crews found the front of the home “well-involved” upon arrival.

Thankfully the flames have been extinguished, however, firies remain at the property dampening down hot spots.

No one was injured, but Queensland Ambulance Paramedics remain on standby for fire crews.

It’s not yet known what sparked the blaze.

A fire investigator is expected to head out to the property this afternoon to try and piece together what happened.