Police are treating a house fire at Takura on Saturday as an arson.
Police are treating a house fire at Takura on Saturday as an arson.

Police confirm four firearms stolen prior to alleged arson

UPDATE: POLICE have confirmed four firearms were taken from a Takura home before it was allegedly set alight on Saturday morning.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Guild said officers were now treating the fire as an arson and believed the suspect must have known the owner of the home was a local sporting clay shooter.

"(The suspect) would have known he was out of town for a competition," he said.

Det Snr Sgt Guild said the owner of the home had taken most of his ammunition with him to the competition, however, a small amount was left at home.

"All of the guns and ammunition was properly secured."

Investigations continue.

EARLIER: POLICE are believed to be investigating whether any firearms were stolen from a Takura home before it was allegedly set on fire on Saturday morning.

The Torbanlea-Pialba Rd home, owned by a prominent sporting clay shooter, was well engulfed by the time firefighters arrived at 4.50am.

Investigating officers from the CIB were unable to be contacted yesterday, but the Chronicle received information they were treating the fire as suspicious and investigating the theft of several sporting firearms.

The owner of the house was unable to shed any light on the status of the police investigation yesterday, but said he was not home at the time of the blaze.

He said he was still coming to terms with the fact he had lost his home of 20 years and all of his possessions.

"It's totally gutted," he said.

"I've lost everything - all my family's memorabilia."

Len Gleeson from the Torquay fire station said it took three firefighting units from Torquay, Hervey Bay and Dundowran to extinguish the fire.

He said a passer-by had alerted emergency services to the blaze.

"The QAS (Queensland Ambulance Service) and QPS (Queensland Police Service) also attended."


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