LOST CAUSE: Firies fight a losing battle in the Thorn St inferno.
LOST CAUSE: Firies fight a losing battle in the Thorn St inferno. Claudia Baxter

Mayor opens appeal as police hunt for clues in home fire

A woman is comforted as detectives and forensic police and firefighters investigate a suspicious house fire on Thorn Street. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
A woman is comforted as detectives and forensic police and firefighters investigate a suspicious house fire on Thorn Street. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

THE investigation into what caused the house fire that tore through a Thorn St home on Tuesday afternoon continues.

The Queensland Fire Investigation Unit joined Ipswich Police CIB sifting through the charred shell of the home yesterday.

As investigators searched for answers the Ipswich community began to extend a helping hand.

The extent of the damage caused by the intense blaze became clear yesterday morning.

The home's owner Emily Moreton returned to the home she shared with three other people to help investigators establish the cause.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale launched a special fundraising appeal for Ms Moreton who lost all her belongings in the blaze which took only minutes to rip through home.

Cr Pisasale said Ms Moreton had lost her first home during the Rosewood floods and had gone through a tough time.

Ms Moreton was comforted by friends at the scene.

Cr Pisasale said Ms Moreton described her home as a welcoming place for family and friends and was devastated by the loss.

He hoped the Ipswich Mayor's Community Fund would help Ms Moreton get back on her feet.

Fire crews arrived at Thorn St just after 3.30pm Tuesday to find the home valued at $370,000 engulfed in flames. Three Queensland Fire and Rescue trucks were called to the blaze, which continued to smoulder into the evening.

The structure was deemed too unsafe for investigators to begin establishing the cause of the fire that night.

Donations can be made at any Bendigo Bank and note the funds are for "Emily".

Cash donations are being accepted at the following account:

  • Bank: Bendigo
  • Account Name: Ipswich Mayor's Community Fund Inc
  • BSB: 633-000
  • Account: 128672318


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