UPDATE at 3:45 PM | POLICE and forensic investigators are sifting through the charred remains of a house that was destroyed by fire on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
The Paul Court property at Carrara has been taped off and declared a crime scene after it went up in flames in suspicious circumstances around 1pm.
In a statement, Gold Coast Police confirmed they were treating the blaze as suspicious. They said neighbours reported hearing an explosion before the house caught alight.
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A woman told myGC she heard “two or three loud bangs” before her street filled with thick smoke.
Firefighters managed to bring the blaze under control and stop it from spreading to neighbouring properties, but not before the single-storey dwelling was destroyed.
A crime scene has been declared as investigators try and determine what sparked the blaze.
Thankfully, no one was inside the house at the time.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward.
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FIRST at 1:30 PM | FIRE crews are currently battling a large house fire on the Gold Coast.
The blaze is understood to have erupted at a home on Paul Court in Carrara just after 1.00pm.
Three fire crews are on scene working to extinguish the flames.
Videos from the scene show the suburb shrouded in choking smoke.
A woman has told myGC she heard several loud bangs before the house went up.
“There were two or three loud bangs that shook the windows and then all this smoke a few minutes after,” the woman said.
“It looked like the roof had fallen in from the fire from where I was standing.”
Queensland Ambulance confirmed no one was inside the house at the time.
A crime scene has now been set up.