Chilling moment fire, shots rocked ‘quiet’ Coast street
UPDATE: A 47-year-old man charged with weapons and assault offences after a Nambour house fire has been kept in custody.
Troy Daren Brien's charges included dangerous conduct with a weapon, serious assault of police and making threats after he was arrested on Sunday.
His charges were mentioned briefly in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Monday.
They were adjourned for another mention on Tuesday.
EARLIER: A neighbour has described the chilling moment she saw smoke emerging from a home in a normally quiet Nambour street seconds before it went up in a blaze.
Cheryl Cannell, who has lived in Washington St for two decades, said police had already told her to go inside her home amidst reports a person had a gun.
It was while she was with police she noticed smoke.
"I told the police I saw some smoke and the next thing it just went off," she said.
The entire house was engulfed in flames.
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Police were combing the scene this morning as small pockets of smoke continued to billow out of the remaining black, mangled mess of a home.
Amazingly none of the neighbouring properties appear to have been affected by the blaze.
And the dog, a Rottweiler, who lived in the home also escaped.
"I thought the dog had died," Ms Cannell said.
"But last night I heard it barking and someone came and found the dog and took it away.
"It is a very nice dog."
Another neighbour in Washington Street said she had a growing concern the nature of the area was changing.
The neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, said there had been an increase in the number of disturbances.
"It is a lovely street, but there are strange people living here now," the neighbour said.
"If you look at Nambour, there is also a lot more empty shops and more people sitting around."
Hazel Handley has lived in the street since 1945, first with her husband up the street and then later in her existing home where she continued to stay after her husband's death in the 1990s.
The 89-year-old was further down the street from the house fire, but could see the smoke rising.
She felt very safe where she was staying.
"I've lived here on my own for 30 odd years (since the death of her husband) and I've always felt safe."
"It is a nice quiet street, nothing normally happens."