Four charged over Gatton fire

A mobile dental van was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night at the Gatton State School.
A mobile dental van was destroyed in a fire Tuesday night at the Gatton State School. Tom Threadingham

UPDATE Thursday, November 1: Police have charged four men following a suspicious fire that destroyed a dental van at the Gatton State School on Tuesday night.

The men will appear before the Ipswich Magistrates Court today facing a number of charges.

Zachary Clark, 17, from Forest Hill, has been charged with two counts each of arson, enter premises to commit and indictable offence, willful damage and one count of willful damage (railway property).

BJ Denton, 18, from Gatton, has been charged with two counts each of arson, enter premises to commit and indictable offence, willful damage and one count of willful damage (railway property), possession of a dangerous drug, possession of utensils and obstructing police.

Corey McCutcheon, 18, from North Booval, has been with two counts each of arson, enter premises to commit and indictable offence, willful damage and one count of willful damage (railway property).

Christopher Walker,  21, from Ropeley, has been charged with two counts each of arson, enter premises to commit and indictable offence, willful damage and one count of willful damage (railway property), producing a dangerous drug and possession of utensils.

Combined with the school fire, the group also allegedly damaged a railway boom gate and two cars.

 

Wednesday, October 31:

A MOBILE dental van was destroyed in a fire late Tuesday night at the Gatton State School.

Gatton police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Tom Missingham says police are treating the fire as suspicious.

"At 11.10pm last night (Tuesday) a 000 call was received in relation to a fire at the Gatton State School," he says.

"On arrival crews located a fire which had engulfed a mobile dental van which had been situated adjacent to C-Block.

"C-Block itself was on fire but QFRS were able to bring that under control before any significant damage had occurred."

Gatton State School principal Vince Burke says there is minimal impact on classes and plans to continue dental services externally were already being organised.

"I received a call last night about a fire in the dental van and that it had gone up into the classroom which is home to three learning support teachers," Burke says.

"Q-build was on site and have assessed the damage and at the moment we will have to replace part of the ceiling, flooring and some furniture, and just a refit.

 "Two classes were moved due to the smell and smoke but will be back in their rooms by lunch."



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