Arson charges, Yeppoon house fire

A man has been charged with arson following a house fire that occurred in Yeppoon last week, Queensland Police say.

Police were conducting patrols of the area in the early hours of 19th August when they saw smoke coming from the Maple St address.

The building was well alight and the officers attempted to gain entry to the house to make sure no one was inside, but were forced back by smoke and flames.

One officer was transported to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.

After the fire was extinguished, initial investigations revealed the cause to be suspicious and a crime scene was declared.

The home was extensively damaged by the fire and fortunately no one was injured.

Today Yeppoon detectives arrested a 44-year-old Yeppoon man and expect to charge him with one count of Arson and one count of Entering a dwelling with intent to commit an indictable offence.

He will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this afternoon.

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