Police have confirmed they’re speaking to a number of teenagers over a large bushfire that was sparked on the Sunshine Coast yesterday.
The blaze has destroyed as many as ten homes overnight, after flaring up in the late afternoon.
Emergency warnings are still being issued, with residents in Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze Estate and Marcus Beach bushfire told to leave immediately.
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Weyba/Weyba Downs, Peregian Springs and Castaways Beach residents are being told to prepare to leave.
As many as 400 people have flocked to evacuation centres overnight.
#PeregianSprings, #PeregianBeach, #PeregianBreezeEstate and #MarcusBeach residents have been told to evacuate immediately. Soon it will be too dangerous to drive. Listen to warnings from emergency services.
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This morning, distressing new information has come to light that police are questioning a group of juveniles over the fires.
Police haven’t confirmed any further information yet, though investigations are continuing.
QFES Assistant Commissioner spoke to myGC this morning and said it would be extremely concerning to hear that young kids could have been responsible for the devastation.
“It’s extremely distressing to hear, and more distressing when you see homes lost, through acts of stupidity, that’s very concerning.
“We’re still in a very, very serious fire fight up there to save homes and properties.
“So that is a concerning revelation,” Asst. Commissioner Walsh said.
The Sunshine Coast fire is just one of many fires burning across Queensland.
For the latest on the Gold Coast hinterland fires, click here.