Police charge boys over blaze
GYMPIE police have charged two boys in connection with the massive blaze that destroyed a historic Queenslander on Lady Mary Tce on May 22.
The inferno wiped out the recently renovated premises of Choice Support Services.
Witnesses on the night said they heard a series of mini explosions and smoke alarms before they saw the fire.
It spread quickly through the old building, emitting extreme heat and thick smoke.
At the time the Gympie community as a whole expressed sadness in losing the iconic structure, built for William Smyth, mayor of Gympie from 1883 to 1884, and his family.
For many years it was used as a home and adjoining doctor's surgery. During those years the grand old house lost much of its splendour, with nearly two years of work required to return it to its former glory.
Substantial renovations were completed in 2009 by the Department of Communities with funding from Queensland Health for the Choice Support Service.