House fire at Discovery Drive, Cooloola Cove
House fire at Discovery Drive, Cooloola Cove

Arson charge over Gympie region blaze

A 68-YEAR-OLD Cooloola Cove man was charged with arson after a house fire on Wednesday afternoon.

Four fire and rescue services, two police and an ambulance rushed to the Discovery Dr property to reports the property was “well alight”.

MORE STORIES:

1. Hero who saved Gympie toddler from burning inferno

2. VIDEO: Gympie house destroyed in fiery blaze

Emergency services rushed to a reported house fire on Discovery Drive, Cooloola Cove on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Shane Zahner
Emergency services rushed to a reported house fire on Discovery Drive, Cooloola Cove on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Shane Zahner

A QAS spokeswoman said a woman was taken to Gympie Hospital with minor injuries.

The man faced Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday, and the matter was adjourned to April 15. A crime scene was established at the home with fire investigators combing the area for evidence yesterday.

It was the third fire in the region is as many days.

Emergency services were called to blazes at Stewart Tce and Blake St in unrelated incidents.

The causes are being investigated.

A little girl was rescued as a fire engulfed the home on Stewart Tce on Tuesday night.

Jacob Kinley, a 19-year-old apprentice boilermaker was driving home after grabbing dinner with his partner, when the pair saw the horror unfolding from the side of the road.

“There was a woman out the front screaming with one child, on her hands and knees,” Mr Kinley said.

“At the time I didn’t know she was deaf, I couldn’t get anything out of her.”

With no shoes on and in just footy shorts and a shirt, Mr Kinley said instinct drove him into the house.

Gympie Times


Council to consider rate help for homeowners at 1st meeting

premium_icon Council to consider rate help for homeowners at 1st meeting

No formal decisions can be made until caretaker mode ends

24 votes seals fate of last undecided council seat

premium_icon 24 votes seals fate of last undecided council seat

Race for Southside, which was once only 5 votes apart, finally ends

Coronavirus Gympie: 1 new coast case, new details emerge

premium_icon Coronavirus Gympie: 1 new coast case, new details emerge

Qld Health have provided a breakdown of every case recorded here so far.