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Kingaroy firefighters at the scene of the fire off Kelvyn Street on Friday night

August 6, 2018

Police are investigating a string of suspicious fires which occurred at the weekend near Kelvyn Street and Oasis Drive in Kingaroy.

Firefighters were initially called to multiple fires burning in long grass in the empty paddock behind homes about 8:00pm on Friday.

The flames were safely extinguished and fire crews left the scene.

However, about 9:40pm a new fire broke out in a gully alongside Kelvyn Street, a short distance from the previous fires.

southburnett.com.au spotted this and called emergency services, who returned to the scene to extinguish the flames.

The fire brigade was then called back out to Kelvyn Street a third time on Friday night when another fresh fire started.

On Saturday night, firefighters were back in action again in Kelvyn Street.

Crews conducted backburning about 11:20pm to help make the area safe.

Then on Sunday night, reports of a fire in Oasis Drive – which runs off Kelvyn Street – had fire crews back to the paddock at 9:45pm.

Officer-in-charge of Kingaroy Police, Senior Sergeant David Tierney, confirmed police were investigating the suspicious blazes and had conducted patrols in the area.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents should call Kingaroy Police on (07) 4160-4900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800-333-000.

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UPDATE:  QFES conduced a hazard reduction burn in the Kelvyn Street and Oasis Drive area on Monday night.

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Earlier:

Firefighters have extinguished a spectacular grass fire burning in the empty paddock behind the Oasis housing estate in Kingaroy.

The fire, burning in long grass adjacent to Kelvyn Street, broke out just after 8:00pm on Friday and consumed about an acre of land.

No houses were under threat.

Six fire vehicles – including Kingaroy urban units and Stuart River Rural Fire Brigade – attended.

There was initial concern as the flames were burning close to power lines which cross the paddock, however firefighters quickly contained the incident.

The fire was extinguished by about 8:30pm.

UPDATE: Firefighters were called back to the incident about 9:40pm.

[Originally published as “Paddock Burns Near Homes”]

There was concern when the flames were burning close to power lines

Flames light up the night sky behind the Oasis estate

An urban fire truck adds its support to firefighters at one of the points on fire


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