A caravan has exploded in Mount Isa this morning, killing a man and two children.
The explosion was believed to have been caused by two gas bottles.
An exclusion zone has been set up around Deighton Street in the north-west Queensland city, with nearby residents having self-evacuated following the blast.
Police believe a 39-year-old man and two children, aged four and seven, were inside the caravan at the time.
Superintendent Russell Miller told the ABC that the caravan was ‘totally destroyed’ in the blast, which also set fire to an adjoining house.
“The explosion was heard across the city from what I’ve heard,” he said. “Obviously there needs to be an investigation by us and also by the fire service as to what occurred.”
Mount Isa mayor Tony McGrady said the community was in deep shock, but would pull together.