An abandoned house at Capalaba was destroyed by fire on Friday afternoon. The roof of the single storey brick house at 44 Holland Crescent, Capalaba, collapsed during the blaze, but no one was injured. It was the second time in a year that a fire had broken out in the house. While fire officers were extinguishing the fire at 4pm, they received reports of another two fires in the area. The second fire, believed to be an out-of-control barbecue, in Oxley Street, Capalaba, was extinguished by a fire crew from Mount Gravatt at 4.10pm. Sergeant Steven Gough, from Capalaba Police, said a third fire was reported at Merritt Street, Capalaba. He said the smoke from Holland Crescent had blown east several hundred metres toward Merritt Street, appearing as though another fire had started in bush land. "We often patrol this house, it's known to us because groups of youths will often be hanging around here," he said. "If anyone saw anyone acting suspicious we would like them to contact the Capalaba Police Station (3433 3333) or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000)." He said an application was before council to demolish the abandoned house to build a block of units on the land. Crews from Mount Gravatt, Wishart, Cleveland, Wynnum and Capalaba attended the fires.
Photos by Grant Spicer
Written by Bayside Bulletin