QPS, Inspector Danny Shaw. Highfields Fire Station, update Pechey fires. Picture: Bev Lacey
QPS, Inspector Danny Shaw. Highfields Fire Station, update Pechey fires. Picture: Bev Lacey

Pechey bushfire ignition source under investigation

WITH some measure of control now in place around the Pechey and Ravensbourne bushfires, authorities have launched an investigation to determine how the destructive blaze started.

Stopping short of describing the investigation as an arson probe, Rural Fire Service Acting Inspector John Welke said nothing had been ruled out.

"We've got a number of avenues we are following up simultaneously with this fire," he said.

"So we're looking right back at the initial point of origin right through to any potential outbreaks that may have occurred.

"At the moment the cause is undetermined and the investigation is ongoing.

"We're not ruling anything out at this time."

Toowoomba police Inspector Danny Shaw said "any suggestion of arson at this stage is purely speculative".

"Any instances where we suspect there might be any foul play around fires will be vigorously investigated by both QPS and QFES," he said.

"Any reports given to us by the public will be followed through.

"We had some indications (Wednesday) and these matters are being followed through at the moment."

Investigators were unable to comment on speculation evidence of an accelerant was found in the bushfire zone.


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