Forensics investigate fatal house fire in Wandal

Police and fire crews on the scene at a house wire in Heath Street, Wandal yesterday.
Police and fire crews on the scene at a house wire in Heath Street, Wandal yesterday. Sharyn O'Neill ROK210413sfire3

A MAN, believed to be in his 50s, died in a fire that followed a loud explosion in a Wandal house yesterday morning.

Neighbours called 000 after hearing the explosion at the Heath St home.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service took the call at 7.37am. By the time they reached the scene, the single storey fibro dwelling was in full blaze.

The fire was brought under control just after 8am but five fire crews remained at the scene using breathing apparatus and a thermal imaging camera to locate and extinguish hot spots.

Neighbour Cameron McLean said they had heard a loud explosion just after 7.30am.

"It was just a big bang …we didn't know if it was a car accident or what, but it shook our house," he said.

Mr McLean said the force of the explosion had blown out the windows in the house.

"In no time at all we saw the smoke."

Rockhampton police Senior Sergeant Craig Smith said the property was declared a crime scene.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service investigators arrived from Brisbane yesterday afternoon to assist police forensic teams determine the cause of the fire.

The woman who lived in the house was not home but her partner's car was parked outside. There has been no formal identification of the body.

Topics:  fatal fire rockhampton wandal

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