Police make arrest in Moorooka arson investigation
UPDATE: Police have charged a 74-year-old Spring Hill man with arson following investigations into an alleged suspicious fire at Moorooka on December 28 last year.
Suspected arson destroys corner store
EARLIER: A corner store in Brisbane's south has been destroyed after a ferocious fire broke out late on Wednesday night.
Queensland Police say they are treating the fire as suspicious, and a crime scene has been established.
Emergency services were called to the Leo's Snack Bar on Ipswich Rd, Moorooka about 9pm where they found the business engulfed in flames.
It took fire crews nearly an hour to extinguish the fire, which also destroyed a nearby business.
Local resident Peiwa Laka, 9, was walking with his father when they noticed the fire and called triple 0.
"We saw black smoke coming out," he said.
"We had to go and call the fire people and they came and they rescued us."
Dozens of locals descended on the scene and watched as the building's roof caved in.
Police were unable to confirm if anyone was inside the building when the fire broke out.
Fire fighter Steven Holland said the fire was "intense".
"It was well involved upon arrival," he said.
"The damage to this building is quite substantial as they collapse.
"It's too early at this stage to determine the cause of the fire."
Fire investigators have been called in to determine the cause of the blaze.