Homicide detectives to probe deadly Mt Isa explosion

HOMICIDE detectives will be brought into to investigate the tragic death of three people in a caravan explosion in Mt Isa.

The bodies of a 39-year-old man and two children, aged four and seven, were found inside the caravan on Deighton Street, in the north-west Queensland town.

The explosion was believed to have been caused by two gas bottles, the ABC reported.

It also set fire to the adjoining house.

Inspector Kelly Harvey from Mount Isa Police said it was too early to say what caused the explosion.

"We have an investigation centre that has been set up in the police station that is now with my lead running that investigation," he said.

"We also have members from the State Homicide Squad coming up from Brisbane tomorrow to assist us."

Police do not believe the explosion is suspicious.

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Mr McGrady, who is in Brisbane for a planning summit, said it was at times like these that the community pulls together.

"This is a terrible blow for any community but when you're deeply involved yourself it's a double whammy," he said.

"My community are a close knit community. We will rally and do all we can to assist.

"These things happen in big cities, to some extent they're anonymous but when they happen in a small community such as ours it's all the more hurtful.

"To those people who are affected ... on behalf of my city I send our deep condolences to them and we all stand ready to do what we can to assist them at this terrible terrible time."

Local MP Rob Katter has also expressed his sympathies.

"My heart goes out to the three deceased from this morning's explosion,'' Mr Katter wrote on Facebook.

"I have been in contact with Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Minister for Corrective Services, Jo-Ann Miller MP to see what assistance we need here on the ground.

"This is a tragedy that will send shockwaves through the community.

"We should be ready to support those in need after this tragedy."

Man, two kids, 4 and 7 feared killed in caravan explosion

POLICE have declared an emergency after a gas explosion at a Mount Isa home in which a man and two children remain unaccounted.

Police were called to the address just after 7am following reports of a possible gas explosion in a caravan, with a fire spreading to an adjoining house.

The remains of three people have been located at the scene.

Police have been advised that a 39-year-old man, and two children, aged four and seven, were believed to have been inside the caravan at the time.

An emergent situation was declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act at 7.30am with an exclusion zone in 

Deighton Street between Enid, Stanley and Jones streets.

Scientific and Scenes of Crimes officers are at the scene and police investigations are continuing.

Nearby residents self-evacuated and there is no further information available at this time.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

 


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