Police think fatal Dalby fire was deliberately lit

NOT MUCH TIME TO ESCAPE: The fire is believed to have escalated quickly.
NOT MUCH TIME TO ESCAPE: The fire is believed to have escalated quickly. jessica bahr

DALBY Detectives investigating a suspicious house fire that claimed the life of a 45-year-old man last week are appealing for public assistance.

The Edward St house was found to be alight around 10pm on Wednesday, January 20 and after the fire was extinguished, the body of a man was located inside.

Dalby man Mark Wilkes died in an Edward St house fire Wednesday night.
Dalby man Mark Wilkes died in an Edward St house fire Wednesday night. Contributed

The man is yet to be formally identified but it is believed Mark Wilkes was the man who died.

Detectives are investigating the cause of the fire which preliminary investigations show was deliberately lit.

Police are appealing for public assistance in this matter and are asking for anyone who saw or heard anything unusual or suspicious in the area that night, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.

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

Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

For all non-urgent police reporting or general police inquiries contact Policelink on 131 444 or Policelink.qld.gov.au 24 hours a day.


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