Forest Glen House Fire

WATCH: Fire crews battle two abandoned building fires

EMERGENCY crews watched on as a burning abandoned home collapsed in front of them at Forest Glen.

The Old Maroochydore Rd property was engulfed in flames about 7.30pm on Saturday night, but by the time emergency crews arrived it was too late to save the home.

While fire investigators confirmed the property had power switched on, it's believed it had been vacant for a number of years.

Queensland Fire Investigator David Woods confirmed no one was in the building at the time.

"The dwelling was fully engulfed and the roof had started to collapse, the verandah had already collapsed when we arrived," he said.

House fire on Old Maroochydore Road, Forest Glen. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
House fire on Old Maroochydore Road, Forest Glen. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily Brett Wortman

While no nearby homes required evacuation, Insp Woods said the fire spread to bamboo, grass and timber surrounds causing a grass fire.

He said the fire took more than an hour to be brought get under control and that the cause would be difficult to determine due to the extent of the damage.

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A police spokeswoman said the fire did not appear to be suspicious at this stage.

This wasn't the only abandoned building fire overnight, about half an hour prior to the Forest Glen fire, crews were called to small blaze at the old Swan Bowls Club on Anzac Ave, Maroochydore.

Insp Woods said it was believed some squatters deliberately lit the fire.

"We're unaware of anyone being charged but police do have persons of interest," he said.
 


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