A two-storey home was gutted in a fire on Mercury St in Telina, Gladstone.
A two-storey home was gutted in a fire on Mercury St in Telina, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Fire that destroyed Gladstone home treated as suspicious

UPDATE 3.30PM: Police are treating a house fire in the Gladstone suburb of Telina on Friday morning as suspicious.

Gladstone Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said the fire investigations team from Rockhampton had arrived at lunchtime.

"Thorough investigations are being carried out, and the fire is being treated as suspicious," he said.

"The house has been completely destroyed. We're calling on the public to assist us with the matter.

"If anyone saw any suspicious behaviour around the Venus and Mercury Sts intersection around 5am this morning we would ask them to contact Crimestoppers or Gladstone Police."

Neighbours of the Venus St home reported hearing a series of explosions from about 5am, and police and fire services were called soon afterwards.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service incident controller Graham Smith said the fire had started in a downstairs bedroom. 

Earlier: Police have closed a number of streets in the Gladstone suburb of Telina following a house fire on Friday morning.

Police and fire crews were called to the two-storey house fire in Venus St, Telina, at 5.30am and found the structure well alight.

The house was completely gutted by the time the fire was brought under control.

Police have closed Mercury St and Venus St near the house while fire crews continue their work.

Incident controller Graham Smith said the house was well alight when fire units arrived on the scene.

"We weren't sure of whether the occupants were home. We had unconfirmed reports that while a male was at work, a female was home, so we deployed immediately to search the premises," Officer Smith said.

All four fire units on scene swept both floors of the house, establishing it was empty.

Officer Smith said the fire appeared to have started in a downstairs bedroom, but it had spread through the ceiling and the upstairs area by the time emergency services arrived.

Resident Ben Challen and his partner Tameika Rea were on the scene by 6.30am, and were reunited with three dogs that were rescued from the backyard.

The house is usually home to six people, but they were staying elsewhere when the fire took hold.

Sergeant Owen Lawton said police fire investigation crews from Rockhampton would survey the property later on Friday.

It's not yet known what started the blaze. 



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