Police investigate house fire
POLICE are investigating whether a group of squatters was responsible for a fire which destroyed a house at Wulkuraka.
Firefighters were called out to the vacant timber house on Arnold Street just after midnight yesterday.
By the time they arrived the house was well-alight and there was nothing they could do to stop it being gutted.
Police kept the property – known to be frequented by squatters – under guard yesterday as forensic officers and detectives from the CIB began their investigations.
Several detectives and uniform police conducted a doorknock of the area.
A nearby resident said there were several vacant houses in the neighbourhood and police regularly had to be called to deal with people who kicked the doors in, drank alcohol and caused trouble.
“From what I’ve heard it’s an almost nightly occurrence at some of the abandoned houses around here,” he said.
Police were called to Arnold Street about an hour before the fire took hold, after neighbours noticed a group of about six people hanging around the house and acting suspiciously.
A witness said the group of people hid inside the house when the police drove past and the fire started a short time later.
“The firefighters got here very quickly and did an awesome job of bringing the fire under control,” a resident said, “you couldn’t fault them.”
Anyone with information that could assist police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.