One of Chinchilla's earliest buildings was destroyed by fire overnight.
One of Chinchilla's earliest buildings was destroyed by fire overnight. Contributed

Building destroyed in suspicious blaze was one of first

ONE of Chinchilla's oldest buildings has been destroyed by fire overnight.

Local fire crews were called to the blaze at approximately 11.15pm on Saturday night where they found the fire already well involved.

Storms and strong winds hampered fire crews' efforts as they battled to bring it under control.

Ten firefighters reportedly worked at the scene for nearly four hours trying to put it out, only to have the blaze reignite three hours later.

The TJM building on Railway St is being treated as suspicious, according Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Chinchilla Officer-in-Charge, Captain Brian Colley.

"(It was) burning from the timber centre to the middle part of the structure. The middle part of the structure was quite involved and burning out to the roof when we arrived," Capt. Colley said.

"We were there until 3am. By the time we made access and cooled all the hot spots it reignited on us and I had to go back at 6am."

Strong winds overnight were believed to be responsible for reigniting the fire in the beams of the roof.

 

The TJM building on Railway St this morning.
The TJM building on Railway St this morning. Contributed

Major structural damage was caused to the centre of the historic building as a result of the blaze.

"(It's) probably written off another building in town," Capt. Colley said.

"It would be one of the original buildings of Chinchilla, I reckon".

The building had been vacant at the time of the fire, after TJM relocated from the site around 12 months ago.

Fire investigators are treating the incident as suspicious, with Queensland Police Services Dalby CIB investigating.


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