Sandy Creek resident Janis Whimpy had a close call twice in one day with two separate fires breaking out on her property.
Sandy Creek resident Janis Whimpy had a close call twice in one day with two separate fires breaking out on her property. Renee Pilcher

Police suspect arsonists at work with two grass fires

POLICE are investigating two grass fires that broke out on a property along the railway corridor at Sandy Creek yesterday as suspected arson.

The fires, which threatened a family home, started at different times of the day and appeared to ignite in two separate spots.

They were being investigating as suspicious, following a preliminary inspection by the first officer of Veteran Rural Fire Brigade.

"The urban fire brigade responded to one this morning, which was fine, and then blow me down we get another one," firefighter Ted Eubegang said.

"There were two separate fires, which is why they are being treated as suspected arson."

Resident Janis Whimpy said she was warned about the first fire by her dog, as the fire crept close to the home.

A Gympie Fire and Rescue crew extinguished the blaze before it reached the house yard, but it got close. The second fire broke out around 4pm and did more damage.

The heat melted plastic pipes to the water tanks, draining them both just days after they were filled.

Gympie police asked anyone with information that could help with investigations to contact the station on 5480 1111 or Crime Stoppers.

Gympie Times


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