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.


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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