Police guarding home while fire investigations continue
UPDATED 8am with video.
POLICE are guarding a Torquay home on Saturday morning as investigations into the cause of a fire on Friday night continue.
A Hervey Bay police spokesman said the Conodale Crt house was being guarded until any suspicion was negated and while scenes of crime officers had attended the property, more scientific investigators had been called in.
The fire destroyed the garage of the low-set brick house after starting about 10.45pm on Friday.
Neighbours, alerted to the fire by smoke alarms and thick smoke billowing from the garage, dialled 000 and when Torquay firefighters arrived on the scene with two appliances, they found the garage fully alight.
Although it took them only 15 minutes to knock down the initial flames, firefighters remained on the scene until 1am.
"The garage area was completely gutted with the rest of the house badly smoke damaged," acting Torquay station officer Andrew Goffin said.
"The firefighters did a great job in knocking down the flames and preventing it spreading through the rest of the house."
A third auxiliary fire unit was sent from the Craignish station.
The police spokesman said no one was home at the time of the fire and the person who resided at the house, believed to be a rental property, had been notified.