Fire destroys Proserpine house

DETECTIVES from the Whitsunday Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) are investigating the cause of a fire that totally destroyed a Proserpine house in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

This was the second blaze at the residence in just two months.

Maria Cavanagh was one of the Ann Street residents woken by the blaze some time between 3-3.30am.

Ms Cavanagh described seeing a "huge glow" from her own house before calling the fire brigade and taking to the street with her neighbours.

"We were standing three houses away and we could feel the heat," she said.

Auxillary firefighters from the Proserpine station were on the scene within minutes but a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) spokeswoman said the firefighters were not able to save the house, with the last crew leaving the scene at 7.20am.

Whitsunday Police acting senior sergeant Nathan Blain said police arrived at the fire at 4am and quickly established a crime scene.

Sgt Blain confirmed the house was uninhabited at the time. After the previous fire on August 5, residents of the dwelling Kassie and Brett Robinson and their children Katarna (6) and Mylie (4), were forced to seek alternative accommodation (Whitsunday Times, August 8).

Sgt Blain said the original fire was non-suspicious and caused by an electrical fault, however he confirmed that investigations into Tuesday's blaze were now underway.

"Police have a crime scene there at the moment and are awaiting the results of forensic examinations to determine the cause," he said.

Proserpine Police senior constable Dominic Cross said until a cause was determined, Tuesday's fire would be treated as suspicious, with forensic officers examining the scene for evidence or signs of any accelerants.

Any members of the public with information that might assist police are asked to contact the Proserpine station on 4945 9666.


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