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Authorities believe the Pechey fire maybe the work of a 'fire-bug'.

An ongoing blaze that's destroyed several homes and prompted a nursing home evacuation, is now being treated as arson.

The Pechey bushfire...North of Toowoomba started last Tuesday...and at the weekend, tripled in size to about 14,000 hectares.

On Monday, a local nursing home was evacuated as the fire burnt on the outskirts of Crows Nest.

A number of homes were also gutted in the flames, which had taken hold in the dense and difficult terrain of state forests and national parks.

Fire authorities have confirmed they're now treating it as deliberately lit, with investigations by Q.F.E.S and Police more than likely.