Police update: Fatal house fire at Toowoomba

Toowoomba police have today charged a man with the alleged murder of a 63-year-old man who was located deceased following a house fire in South Toowoomba last night.

Emergency crews were called to a blaze at the Rivett Street residence around 8pm on December 15.

A man’s remains were located during a subsequent search of the dwelling as well as a deceased dog.

Ongoing investigations led to the arrest of a 29-year-old man a short time later at a nearby residence.

It is also alleged that as he was taken into custody, the man assaulted a male police officer by headbutting him in the forehead.

A 29-year-old Toowoomba man has been charged with one count each of murder, misconduct with a corpse, arson, enter dwelling with intent, serious assault police and serious animal cruelty.

He is due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court tomorrow (December 17).

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