Three suspicious fires in one night rattle neighbourhood
Police suspect an arsonist is behind a spate of fires that broke out overnight in Brisbane's inner-city suburb of Highgate Hill.
Police were first called to a house on Franklin Street about 9.30pm last night after reports of a blaze, with fire crews able to extinguish it quickly.
Emergency services were called back a short time later to a fire at a second home in the same street which was "extensively damaged", police said in a statement.
While at the scene, a third fire was reported at a unit block on Hampstead Road, damaging cars parked underneath.
All three sites have been declared crime scenes.
Resident Adrienne Innes said she was alerted to the unit fire by her neighbours.
"It sounded to me like they were yelling 'I'm on fire' but I believe they were saying 'there's a fire, there's a fire' and they were right, there was a fire, it was well ablaze," Ms Innes said.
"Even after the fire brigade left the bricks were still smoking."
Ms Innes said it was "very disappointing" to think someone could have lit the fires deliberately.
"There was a pregnant lady and a toddler living in one of those units so it was very fortunate that no one was hurt," she said.
"I believe, the first unit when people tried to get out there was smoke everywhere because it was billowing up from the cars.
"They didn't know how to get out, they went from the front of the unit to the back of the unit."
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services investigator Daniel Rasmussen said it was lucky no-one was hurt in the fires.
He said the incident served as a timely reminder for people to ensure their smoke alarms are working.
Police are asking for people who might have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to come forward.
Anyone with information can contact Policelink on 13 14 44 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.