Man dies in shipping container fire in North Mackay
Man dies in shipping container fire in North Mackay Emma Murray

Man suffered head trauma at scene of explosion

UPDATE 2PM: A MAN who died in North Mackay this morning had suffered a head trauma before his body was discovered at the scene of an explosion. 

Emergency services were called to the scene just before 2am after multiple triple 0 callers reported an explosion near Malcomson St.   

Fire fighters arrived at the scene to find a shipping container on fire.   

Detective Senior Sergeant Jack Savage said Mackay CIB detectives conducted investigation throughout the morning.   

"The focus of the investigation at this stage is to confirm the link, if any, between the person in the area and the container itself, that investigation is ongoing," he said.   

Det Snr Sgt Savage said they were still looking into why the man, 30, was in the Mackay Trailers yard.   

When emergency services arrived on scene, the main gate to the yard was still locked.    "How that person gained entry is still a focus of the investigation," he said.   

Det Snr Sgt Savage said police are unsure how the Mackay man came to have head injuries. The man was in the area around the container when the explosion and fire occurred. His cause of death is yet to be determined.   

The container was filled with personal affects, items of furniture and household items according to police. Det Snr Sgt Savage said there was no evidence to suggest anyone was living in the container and there was no drug-related evidence.   

A man died after an explosion at Mackay Containers in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
A man died after an explosion at Mackay Containers in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Emma Murray

It is still unknown what caused the explosion. 

 "The scene is still being maintained as we speak, the specialist resource investigators have been brought in to conduct further examination of the container and the area," Det Snr Sgt Savage said.   

CCTV footage from surrounding businesses has been reviewed by police and they were still in the process of speaking to potential witnesses.   

Det Snr Sgt Savage said police do know the identity of the man and are in the process of informing the family.   

Police are looking for anyone who was in the facility of Malcomson St this morning between 1am and 2am and if anyone driving past had dash cam footage.   

Senior Sergeant Jack Savage, OIC Mackay, speaks about the death in North Mackay in the early hours of April 2, 2019.
Senior Sergeant Jack Savage, OIC Mackay, speaks about the death in North Mackay in the early hours of April 2, 2019. Caitlan Charles

UPDATE 10.30AM: MARTIN McCann awoke to a huge explosion early this morning and he rushed into action.

"I looked out the window and saw some flames out the back," he said.

Mr McCann's house backs onto the Mackay Trailers yard where a man died in the early hours of the morning.

Emergency services were called to Malcomson St in North Mackay just before 2am to an explosion and fire at the business.

Mr McCann said he was concerned the fire could spread to the neighbouring properties.

"I got up, went down ... the wind was blowing this way, across to our place and up this way I went down and started hosing around my shed so none of the flames and embers were going to torch it," he said.

"There was plenty of smoke."

Mr McCann said there were plenty of pallets around the area that was on fire.

Police are expected to reveal more details about the incident later today. 

UPDATE: A FIRE investigation officer will attend the scene  where a man died following an explosion in a shipping container.

At about 1.50am, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews were called to a shipping container explosion on Malcomson St, North Mackay.

When crews arrived, the shipping container was on fire.   

A QFES spokesman said crews reported the fire was out by 2.20am, but stayed on scene to dampen down hot spots and cool down the inside of the container.   

The spokesman all hot spots were out by about 4.45am, but crews remained on scene with police until just before 6am.

EARLIER: A MAN has died in a shipping container fire overnight in Mackay.

Emergency services responded to the incident on Malcomson Street, North Mackay after multiple phone calls about an explosion.

The explosion occurred at a trailer manufacturing business in Malcolmson Street.

Paramedics declared a 30-year-old man dead at the scene.

Queensland Police are yet to identify the male.

The incident occurred about 1.50am and was extinguished at 2.18am.

Investigations are continuing.

A crime scene has been declared as investigators work to establish the cause of the explosion.

There is no further information available at this time.



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