Midnight madness of fire and stabbing in Lowood
A MAN has been charged with a string of offences following wild scenes at a Lowood street in the early hours of yesterday.
Emergency crews were called to McInnes St about 12.30am after initial reports that three houses were alight.
However, when they arrived, only one property was engulfed in flames.
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Firefighters battled for about an hour to get the blaze under control.
While firefighters were working, it was alleged that two men from the house, which was destroyed, visited another residence down the road where an altercation ensued.
One man from the destroyed house then allegedly stabbed an occupant of the second address with a screwdriver before running off.
A 23-year-old Karrabin man was taken to the Ipswich General Hospital with a shoulder wound.
The wild scenes continued about 1am when one of the two men whose house had burnt down allegedly returned to the second residence in a vehicle and drove it at the front door of the house.
Another altercation followed between one of the men and the occupants of the house during which it was alleged a man drove the car at the occupants and other vehicles in the front yard.
A 36-year-old Lowood man has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of wilful damage.
He is expected to appear at the Ipswich Magistrates Court today.
Investigations into what caused the blaze are still continuing.
Neighbours said they heard "a lot of commotion" in the street in the lead-up to the night's mayhem.
Neighbour Chloe Ross said the police were called to the street earlier in the night.
"We saw the police, but they came and then left," she said.
"Then later that night, I heard a lot of screaming and then all of a sudden there was a big 'woof' and I could see smoke. I raced in to tell my dad who at first didn't believe me."
Police officers had earlier twice attended a disturbance at the second address.