Investigators probe fatal fire

Fire crews attend the scene of a fatal house fire in Bundesen St, North Mackay, this morning.
Fire crews attend the scene of a fatal house fire in Bundesen St, North Mackay, this morning. Lee Constable

AUTHORITIES are still investigating a house fire where a man was found dead in a North Mackay house on Wednesday.

A 54-year-old man was found by firefighters after they had extinguished the fire, which broke out just after 9am yesterday.

Detective Inspector Regional Crime co-ordinator Darrin Shadlow said the cause of the fire and the death of the man were being treated as suspicious.

"We're still conducting investigations at the scene of the house fire at Bundesen St, in North Mackay," Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said.

"We have specialist forensic officers from (Mackay), Rockhampton and Brisbane on the scene, they are conducting extensive investigations in relation to the fire."

Homicide investigators were also on the scene, he said.

Man found dead at house fire

A MAN was found dead in a burning house at North Mackay and investigators are treating the fire as suspicious.

Neighbours phoned emergency services just after 9am on November 2 when they noticed smoke billowing from the Bundesen St property.

When Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) crews arrived minutes later, both levels of the two-storey structure were fully ablaze.

As QFRS personnel brought the fire under control, emergency services were again galvanised into action when the body of a man, believed to be in his mid-50s, was discovered inside.

"During the course of extinguishing the blaze, a male person has been found deceased inside," Mackay police district Acting Inspector Steve O'Connell said.

Police immediately established a crime scene around the area as forensic investigators and detectives arrived.

"The smoke was noticed and the fire service was called initially, but it wasn't until the fire service was able to get inside that the deceased male has been found," Acting Inspector O'Connell said.

"Investigations will be undertaken as to what's occurred inside the premises," he said. "The circumstances are yet to be determined, but as in all these cases we will be treating it as suspicious until we find out otherwise.

"It's too early to say what the cause of this fire is, whether it is deliberate or accidental, so a full examination will have to be done."

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Superintendent Steve DePinto said fire crews did an amazing job to get the blaze under control and prevent it spreading.

"The crews did an incredibly good job to stop the (nearby homes) burning and to knock the fire down itself," Mr DePinto said.

"The house is made of the old corrugated asbestos sheeting and we go through extra precautions when dealing with houses that are constructed out of that kind of material."

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