QPS Race to Alert Neighbours as ‘Suspicious’ Fire Consumes West End Queenslander

West End Blaze
Photo Credit: QPS

A Queenslander in West End was engulfed in chaos and flames as a massive fire tore through the property, prompting an emergency response from firefighters and police officers. 

Extraordinary bodycam footage released by the Queensland Police Service (QPS) captured the harrowing scene as officers rushed to the Archibald St location, where the house was already fully ablaze.

The fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. on Wednesday, 31 May 2023, quickly spreading to a neighbouring property and causing panic among residents. Terrified inhabitants were forced to flee as the blaze intensified, with dozens of firefighters battling the inferno for two hours before finally extinguishing it around 6 a.m.

In the bodycam video, a female officer can be heard asking a resident standing in the street, “No one’s in the house? What about the house up the road?” Concerned for everyone’s well-being, the officers swiftly moved to evacuate the neighbouring home at risk of being devoured by the intense fire.

The sound of blaring sirens grew louder as fire trucks arrived at the scene, joining the efforts to control the raging blaze. Evacuated residents gathered in the street, watching in shock as the flames consumed the house. Fortunately, no one was present inside the residence at the time, averting potential injuries or casualties.

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The destruction caused by the fire was extensive, reducing the West End home to ruins. Additionally, a neighboring property suffered significant damage. As a result, investigators have declared the site a crime scene, suspecting foul play in the blaze. Authorities are treating the incident as suspicious and have initiated a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

Throughout Wednesday morning, investigators meticulously examined the crime scene, searching for any evidence that could shed light on the origins of the massive blaze. Fire crews remained on-site to address hot spots and conduct atmospheric testing at the damaged neighboring property, allowing residents to retrieve their belongings.

Authorities are urging anyone with information or access to CCTV or dashcam footage from the vicinity to come forward and contact PoliceLink or Crime Stoppers. The shared footage or information may prove crucial in uncovering the truth behind this devastating incident.

As the investigation continues, the affected community is left grappling with the aftermath of the destructive fire. The resilient spirit of Brisbane’s West End will undoubtedly prevail as residents come together to support one another during this challenging time.