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Gympie man charged over Rockhampton church fire

August 28, 2023 9:39 am in by
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A 33-year-old Gympie man has been charged over a which fire destroyed a Rockhampton Church.

Emergency services and police were called to the blaze on Park Avenue around 2.00am yesterday.

About seven hours later the 33-year-old was taken into police custody and he’s since been charged with arson.

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Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Kevin Mawdsley says he had been a member of the church.

“He might have had some sort of grievance against them, so we believe it was a targeted attack specifically at that church building.

“His motivations behind that are somewhat unclear.

“The building has been completely destroyed by the fire and the owners of the building … being the Oasis church, have indicated that the value of the building is in the vicinity of 3 million dollars.”

The 33-year-old man will face the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today.

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