Man charged with arson after Gold Coast brothel firebombed

There’s been a major breakthrough in the investigation of a deliberately lit fire that destroyed a well-known Gold Coast brothel, with police today arresting a 44-year-old local man.

The Upton Street business in Bundall was set alight in a suspected arson attack in the early hours of November 10 last year.

“It will be alleged that just before 4.30am, two people attended the Upton Street business and deliberately lit a fire inside the premises,” police said in a statement.


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Thankfully no one was injured, however the business, which was closed at the time, was completely destroyed.

Detectives have been probing the inferno ever since, releasing CCTV vision back in February which showed two offenders throwing a flammable substance at the front door before setting it alight.

New information led detectives from the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch to execute a search warrant at an address on Clear Island Way in Clear Island Waters this morning.

A man, from Clear Island Waters, was taken into custody at the scene and has since been charged with one count of arson.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The motivation for the arson attack has not yet been confirmed, however, police last year said they were investigating whether a rival massage parlour may have been behind the blaze.

“We’re exploring a wide range of possibilities including and it’s been suggested in the past, competing businesses in that field, also being involved and that’s part of our ongoing inquiries,” Detective Inspector Chris Ahearn said at the time.

Investigations are continuing.