Investigations continue into a house fire in Clive Cres, Withcott, after police have charged a man with arson, Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Investigations continue into a house fire in Clive Cres, Withcott, after police have charged a man with arson, Saturday, July 21, 2018. Kevin Farmer

Woman escapes house fire overnight, man charged with arson

UPDATE: A Newtown man charged with arson after a Withcott home was destroyed overnight has been remanded in custody.

No application for bail has been made and he is expected to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on Monday.

EARLIER: A woman had to flee her burning home before calling for help in a fire in Withcott overnight.

A Newtown man, 49, has been charged with arson after the house was destroyed.

Police officers were called to a disturbance at an address on Clive Crescent at 9.10pm when they arrived to find the structure fully engulfed in flames.

The female occupant was able to escape the home before calling for help.

Emergency services were able to get the fire under control and stop it spreading to other properties.

A vehicle parked near the house was also destroyed in the blaze.

A man located nearby a short time later was taken to the Toowoomba Hospital for treatment suspected burns to his hands and smoke inhalation but has since been discharged.

The man charged with arson is expected to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.


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