The cause of a fire at business on the Hume and Herrries Streets is being investigated.
The cause of a fire at business on the Hume and Herrries Streets is being investigated. Bev Lacey

Police call for witnesses to inner-city business fire

UPDATE: Police are calling for witnesses to a fire that badly damaged a East Toowoomba building on Sunday morning.

Toowoomba CIB is investigating the blaze which was extinguished before it could spread throughout the offices of Dean Kath Kohler Solicitors.

The investigation is ongoing.

EARLIER: Police are treating a fire at an office building in East Toowoomba early Sunday morning as suspicious.

City firefighters were tested on Sunday morning after two fires flared up within minutes.

The alarm was first raised at 1.24am after smoke alarms were triggered at Herries St business Dean Kath Kohler Solicitors.

Fire investigators from Brisbane are expected to visit the site tomorrow to determine the cause of the fire which appears to have started under the timber dwelling's floorboards.

The solicitors' office was opened seven weeks ago.

"At this stage, the incident is being treated as suspicious and a crime scene has been established at the location,'' police said in a statement on Monday morning.

"Scientific police officers will return to the scene later today to carry out further examinations.''

Business owner Russell Drummond said the smoke alarms were "worth their weight in gold".

"It started near an internal wall and its spread underneath and reignited in the ceiling," he said.

"It's triggered the alarms and when the security officer saw the smoke he was able to call the brigade."

Firefighters were then called to attend a fire at Blue Care Toowoomba Village on Stenner St at 1.31am.

The fire caused extensive damage to an office and storage area at the facility.

"The fire was contained within the room of origin," Justin Groth from the Anzac Ave fire station said. "The rest of the ground floor did sustain some smoke damage."

Crews returned to the Herries St fire scene just before 10am to extinguished the fire which had reignited in the building's ceiling.

Firefighters remained at both scenes for most of the morning with crews from Oakey and Highfields visiting the city to help during the emergencies.



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