Topics:  arson, fire, oakey, police, tattoo parlour

Police appeal for witnesses to Oakey business fire

The Oakey tattoo shop Ink Sane Custom Tattoos was destroyed in a fire on Friday night.
The Oakey tattoo shop Ink Sane Custom Tattoos was destroyed in a fire on Friday night. Bev Lacey

UPDATE: Toowoomba detectives investigating the suspected arson of a tattoo studio in Oakey are appealing for public assistance.

Around 10.30pm on Friday November 23 police attended the Toowoomba Rd business after reports of a fire.

Investigations have since determined that the fire is suspicious.

Police would like to speak to two men seen nearby around the time of the fire.

The first man is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 183cm tall with either a shaved or bald head.  He was wearing a white t-shirt and dark shorts.

The second man is described as about 157cm tall with black scruffy hair.  He was wearing a black t-shirt and dark shorts.

YESTERDAY: TWO men were seen running from the scene after the Ink Sane Tattoo shop was torched in Oakey on Friday night.

Police are urging members of the public to come forward if they saw two men running from the business at the Kerrytown Shopping Centre at 10.15pm.

One man was described as Caucasian, six foot tall, solid build with a shaved head.

The second man was described as Caucasian, five foot two, medium build with black scruffy hair.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Toowoomba Police CIB on 4631 6400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

SATURDAY: OAKEY'S Ink Sane Custom Tattoo shop was destroyed in a fiery blaze last night. 

Police are investigating the circumstances of the fire, which engulfed the business in the Toowoomba Road shopping centre just before 10.30pm on Friday, and are treating it as suspicious. 

Fire investigation officer David Lethbridge said the Oakey fire crew worked quickly to contain the fire to the building and had it under control within 30 minutes. 

"They did a tremendous job containing it to the building," he said. 

Mr Lethbridge said QFRS and the police were working with scientists to determine the cause of the fire and would not know until tests came back. 

No one was injured during the incident. 

EARLIER: Police are investigating a fire which caused extensive damage to a tattoo shop at Oakey last night.

Police were notified of the Toowoomba Road business being engulfed in flames just before 10.30pm. 

Firefighters extinguished the fire about an hour later and few remained to check for hot spots.

No one was injured during the incident.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and a crime scene has been declared at the location.

Forensic investigators will further examine the scene later today as investigations continue.



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