The fire at Barney Point.
The fire at Barney Point. Maree Asplet

'Playing with fire': Lucky escape for family who fled inferno

THE cause of a fire that ripped through and gutted a house on Callide Crescent at Barney Point on Monday has been determined by police.

The fire, which Gladstone firefighters said started in the back bedroom of a rental house, was believed to have been started by a young child.

Last month there was a separate house fire at Clinton, which was started by a young child and destroyed half the house.

Although a woman and her two children managed to escape the inferno unscathed, it's understood most of the possessions inside the house went up in smoke.

A house is on fire at Barney Point.
A house is on fire at Barney Point.

Gladstone's acting head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Lindsay, said the fire had fully engulfed the house.

"There was a family inside and at the time police spoke to a number of children as well as the adult at the premises," Det Snr Sgt Lindsay said.

"It was ascertained that a young child may have been experimenting or playing with fire, a candle, which resulted in the curtains being engulfed and all of a sudden the house."


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A house divided cannot stand

Premium Content LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: A house divided cannot stand

Harry Bruce’s cartoon of the day and readers have their sa on

Cowboys contract puts Moranbah boy on cusp of NRL dream

Premium Content Cowboys contract puts Moranbah boy on cusp of NRL dream

His 2020 season was lost to COVID-19, so Michael Bell got stronger, fitter and...

Water restrictions ease as dam levels increase

Premium Content Water restrictions ease as dam levels increase

Residents can turn on the sprinklers but are encouraged to continue using water...