Storage unit fire being treated as suspicious

Crews responded to a shed fire in Alma Street on Friday, with around $5000 damage and countless personal belongings destroyed.

Thousands of dollars of damage and countless personal belongings have been lost in a shed fire which is being treated as suspicious.

At around 1.20 pm on Friday afternoon two Maryborough CFA tankers responded to a callout of a structure fire in Alma Street, with crews arriving to find a brick storage shed alight.

Maryborough CFA Captain Darryl Wagstaff said an occupant of a nearby unit who stored belongings in the shed was attempting to extinguish the blaze with a garden hose as crews arrived.

“When we arrived we set up a line to attack the fire from the fire truck, with one person in a breathing apparatus who took over on the fire ground from the man with the garden hose,” he said.

“It took around 15 minutes before the blaze was brought under control. “The fire spread through all three lockers in the storage shed, with the entire contents in the first one, where the fire started, being destroyed.  The damage caused to the shed would be up to $5000.

“The cause of the blaze is undetermined, however police are treating the fire as suspicious and investigations are ongoing.”

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Maryborough Police Station on 5460-3300.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, December 3

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