Police probing suspicious fire
MARYBOROUGH police are investigating a suspicious fire that broke out in an Alice St apartment on Tuesday night, with fears it could be a second case of arson within two weeks.
Fire services were alerted to the blaze at the Grace Apartments at 11.30pm, after residents reported smoke billowing from the one-bedroom unit.
Maryborough Fire Brigade station officer Shane Charman said that he worried for the safety of occupants.
"It was late at night, so naturally we thought someone could be asleep in the unit," he said.
"Luckily for the unit's occupants, they weren't present at the time of the fire."
The fire, which smouldered throughout the unit's rooms, could have been much worse, according to Mr Charman.
"Because the room was closed, there wasn't enough oxygen to support the fire's growth," he said.
The police investigator, Senior Constable Brett Everest, said several people had been spoken to in relation to the fire.
"We're considering a lot of different scenarios at the moment," Snr Const Everest said.
"As far as the fire is concerned, we are treating it as arson until our evidence returns from Brisbane."
Police believed the fire had no relation to the suspected arson on Alice St earlier last week.