Man charged over Gold Coast house and boat fire

POLICE have made a breakthrough in the case of a suspicious house fire at Ashmore and subsequent stolen boat fire at Clagiraba.

They have charged a man with lighting the fires, along with and stealing offences, following the incidents earlier this year.

Emergency crews called to a home on Belah Street in Ashmore around 8am on January 14 to find the building well alight.


The 46-year-old sole male occupant of the residence was not home at the time.

It’s alleged another man had forced entry to a ute at the home, before positioning it against the right side of the building and igniting the rear of the vehicle.

The fire quickly spread, causing significant damage to its interior and destroying the vehicle.

It’s further alleged that the person also stole a tinnie on a boat trailer from the Ashmore address around the time of the fire, then set it on fire at Henri Robert Drive in Clagiraba, around 7pm.

Following investigations, officers executed a search warrant at a Hope Island address on Saturday, where they arrested a 27-year-old man of no fixed address.

He has since been charged with four counts of arson and one count each of burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing a vessel and stealing a vehicle.

He is scheduled to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court today.