Two bodies have been pulled from the scene of a suspicious unit fire in Queensland’s south-east.
Bodies believed to be Doreen Langham and her former partner Gary Hely, both 49, were recovered from the blaze on Monday night, 12 hours after emergency services scrambled to the scene.
Ms Langham is understood to have recently been granted a temporary protection order against her former partner, who had visited the home in the early hours of Monday morning.
She had also changed the locks, neighbours told The Courier Mail.
Emergency services were called to a unit engulfed in flames in the Logan suburb of Browns Plains around 4am Monday morning after neighbours heard a woman’s terrified screams.
Neighbour say they heard the screams of a woman trapped inside of a burning unit (pictured) in Browns Plains early Monday morning
Preliminary investigations indicate the blaze was deliberately lit, with neighbours telling police the huge fire spread within minutes.
The man’s silver ute was in the car park at the property.
One neighbour recalled the harrowing moment she heard a woman scream a man’s names moments before the unit exploded in a ball of fire.
‘It was a terrifying scream for help,’ local Hannah McCormick said.
‘I heard a lady screaming out for help, she just started screaming out (his name).
‘She was yelling his name, it was terrifying.’
Police had recently been at the home to reports of a huge fight, and an incident where a woman was ‘thrown out of a window’, locals claimed.
Acting Detective Inspector Daniel Cunningham said it could take fire investigators days and possibly up to a week to prepare a report about the cause of the blaze.
Two bodies were later pulled from the gutted home (pictured) on Monday night after a ‘suspicious’ fire
‘I can’t comment specifically on this particular history but in any situation involving domestic and family violence, it’s always concerning to us always, always,’ he told reporters on Monday.
He confirmed a temporary protection order was issued by Beenleigh Magistrates Court on February 9 in relation to the former couple.
Police working to determine the events leading up to the fire and urge anyone with information to come forward.
Police are investigating the events leading up to the fatal unit blaze (pictured on Monday)