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Houses fires and school blaze treated as suspicious

BUSY INVESTIGATORS: Fire officers have had their hands full in the past few days with three fires; the latest was at a property on Peregrine Drive, Lowood.
BUSY INVESTIGATORS: Fire officers have had their hands full in the past few days with three fires; the latest was at a property on Peregrine Drive, Lowood. Rob Williams

THREE possible cases of arson have kept fire investigators busy over the past three days with a blaze at Lowood yesterday morning the latest.

Earlier fires at Laidley High School on Sunday night and at a residence in Chubb St, One Mile, in the early hours of Monday morning are also being treated as suspicious.

About 3.50am yesterday a low-set brick home at Peregrine Drive, Lowood, caught on fire.

Ipswich CIB's Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Dixon said early investigations pointed to the fire being deliberately lit.

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"We have reason to believe it was suspicious. For one thing, the people who live there were away on holiday," Snr Sgt Dixon said.

"It appears the origin of the fire is in the lounge room, but we can't say how it started. They've taken debris away and there is a presumptive test for blood.

"There is an indication from the chemicals there may have been an accelerant used.

"There are also suggestions the house was broken into because it appears other rooms were ransacked.

"We don't know whether the break was linked to the fire; there may have been squatters in there because the residents have been away for a month. We have no suspects, but we think it's suspicious."

Fire at a property on Peregrine Drive in Lowood. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times
Fire at a property on Peregrine Drive in Lowood. Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times Rob Williams

He said a neighbour phoned 000 and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services officers arrived and put out the fire.

While the house remains structurally sound the family room walls and ceiling were destroyed and there was other internal damage.

The QT reported yesterday that One Mile resident Ricky Murphy lost his home to a fire in the early hours of Monday morning.

Mr Murphy had been staying at his sister's house in Leichhardt at the time.

Police were investigating the possibility someone entered the yard of the home while he was away.

The fire was being treated as suspicious due to charring being under the house.

A fire broke out at Laidley High School about 9.45pm Sunday.

The fire started in a rubbish bin and then spread to an amenities block and four fire crews took two hours to put it out.

That fire was also being treated as suspicious.

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