Man feared for home in 'suspicious' Gladstone fire
A FIREFIGHER who was first on the scene of a blaze that gutted a house in Barney Point late on Monday evening said a "suspicious container" was found in the aftermath.
Investigation are expected to continue at fire light, which will be headed by Gladstone's Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB).
A neighbour who lives beside the house that went up in flames late this evening said he saw flames and smoke coming out of the roof.
Nathan Counsel said he was a "little bit" worried that his own house was under threat as the blaze gutted the inside of the vacant house.
"It seems pretty suss because there hasn't been anyone there [in the house] in a while," he said.
It's understood the fire started in a bedroom and travelled throughout most of the house.
It's also understood the house has been vacant for nearly a year, and after this incident, it may need to be knocked down.
Earlier, a man said his neighbour, who lives in the adjoining house heard "a loud explosion" before the fire took hold.
Police are treating the fire as suspicious.
EMERGENCY services, including police and fire crews, have rushed to a house fire at 31 O'Conell St, Bareny Point.
It's understood the house fire occurred in a vacant block.
But a police spokesperson at the scene said they are treating the fire as "suspicious".
One witness said "the flames were huge".
Another man said a neighbour of his, who lives in a n adjoining block, said he heard a "loud explosion" before the fire broke out.
More to come.