News

Electrical fault sparks blaze

AN explosion of an electrical switchboard sparked a fire at Kingaroy Shoppingworld's Big W last night.

Fire crews were called to Big W at 9.37pm yesterday, and Big W staff had to be evacuated and electricity was turned off.

Kingaroy Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Area Commander Mark Long said it took five hours to contain the blaze.

"We had 12 firefighters attend the fire and it took some time to clear the complex of gases and smoke," he said.

Commander Long said it was still unclear what caused the switchboard to explode and said investigations were continuing this morning.

The store is closed for the day.

South Burnett



Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Hanson divides Ipswich readers

CONTROVERSIAL: Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party will field candidates in three of Ipswich’s federal seats in Oxley, Blair and Wright.

Readers debate politician's “Islamisation” of the country

Spoil mum with a present from an Ipswich business

LOVE: It’s time to say thanks to mum.

Firm Focus with QT columnist Ashley Jones

Budget 2016: Tax on smokes to jump 50% over four years

Smokers will be hit with hefty increases in taxes over the next four years.

Small businesses and big earners to get tax cuts

Latest deals and offers

Man allegedly reaches 182kmh

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other serious offences after allegedly reaching speeds of 182kmh on the Ipswich Motorway.

A REDBANK Plains man has been charged for dangerous driving and a number of other...

James Legan on thrilling Force win

James Legan.

Ipswich Force captain James Legan shares his excitement with David Lems after a...

Bree Farley looks ahead

Queensland Basketball League match Ipswich Force v Toowoomba. Bree Farley. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times

Ipswich Force and national league player Bree Farley chats to David Lems about the...

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances