Man charged with arson after family dog perishes in house fire

A MAN has been charged with arson after allegedly lighting a fire that engulfed a family’s home and killed their pet dog on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland.

The house went up in flames on the corner of Wood Street and Steward Avenue in Warwick around 9am on Saturday.

Thankfully, no one was inside the house at the time, however, after extinguishing the inferno, fire crews located the family’s pet dog deceased inside the home.


Initial investigations by the Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch indicated that the fire was suspicious.

A 29-year-old local man has since been charged with arson and is due to appear in Warwick Magistrates Court on October 25.

Investigators are now hunting the occupants of a beige or gold Honda Sedan with NSW registration plates and a white Jeep SUV with black and white personalised number plates that were seen in the area at the time of the fire.

Police say the vehicles were seen driving along Stewart Avenue between 8.40am and 9am and may have seen something that could assist the investigation.

Anyone who may have captured dashcam footage of Wood Street near where it meets Albion Street between 8.40am and 9am is also urged to come forward.

Anyone who can assist with the investigation should contact Warwick Police on 07 4660 4430.