Suspicious Robertson Road house fire leaves man injured.
Suspicious Robertson Road house fire leaves man injured. Cordell Richardson

PHOTOS: Man injured in suspicious house fire at Ipswich

UPDATE: A MAN has been heard screaming "who did this to me?" before being taken to hospital with significant burns to his lower body after a suspicious house fire at Ipswich overnight.

Emergency services were called to an address near Robertson Rd, Eastern Heights, about 11.15pm, where it was reported an elderly man was attempting to put out a fire in his front yard.

Queensland Ambulance Service said the man suffered burns to 40 per cent of his legs and was sedated and then taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital for treatment.

One of the neighbours, Shaun Hurley, said he was woken just before midnight last night by the sound of screaming, and saw flames starting to blow on to his property.

"One of the people from the church across the street came and told us we had to get out," Mr Hurley said.

"There were sparks blowing into our front yard and on the car."

"I heard him (the property owner) yelling 'who did this? Who did this to me' quite a few times."

Another neighbour, who didn't want to be named, said she saw the flames at around 11:30pm and looked out to see what was going on.

"I saw him just standing in the fire and walking around."

"He wasn't even screaming or anything. I believe he was very intoxicated."

"My husband jumped the fence to try to get home out."

"He wasn't worried about that, he was more worried about who had done it."

She said emergency services had to pull his front fence down to get him out of the blaze.

There was also reportedly a woman inside the house who only emerged when the ambulance arrived.

"No one really knew she was in there until the ambulance came," the neighbour said.

The man reportedly had his house on the market and had only recently built the front deck and fence.

Police said in a statement they were treating the fire as suspicious, and urged anyone with information or dashcam footage of the incident to contact them.


EARLIER: A house fire that occurred at around 11pm Friday night and injured a 50-year-old man at Eastern Heights is being treated as suspicious.

Police and emergency services were called to attend the Robertson Road address to find the front porch and patio were alight.

Police would like to speak with anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour or may have dashcam footage of the area at the time.

Investigations are continuing.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the damage was mostly to the front of the house, predominantly the front veranda, and there was not a lot of structural damage.

Another person was also reported at the property, however was uninjured from the blaze.

In a separate incident, multiple triple-0 calls were made for another house fire in Wavell Heights, north of Brisbane, where the house was reportedly well-engulfed in flames earlier in the night.

No people were reported injured at the Stadcor St and Hamilton Rd property and the fire was under control by 9.10pm.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1900377906

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