Po­lice hunt ar­son­ist

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lau­ren Pi­lat

FAM­I­LIES who woke to a wall of flames are lucky to have es­caped af­ter an ar­son­ist set fire to bush­land near homes in Goose­berry Hill.

Ben Calder woke to the sound of screams from his sis­ter late at night on Fe­bru­ary 1 as the fire came within me­tres of his fam­ily home.

“It was com­pletely glow­ing or­ange,” he said.

“We were scared ev­ery­thing was go­ing to catch on fire and burn the house down.”

Mr Calder man­aged to smash through a glass win­dow of his home and got his fam­ily to safety.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal and treated for small cuts to his nose, while his broth­erin- law was treated for smoke in­hala­tion.

About 60 Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices of­fi­cers were at the scene of the fire, which started about 11.30pm in bush­land near the in­ter­sec­tion of Wat­so­nia Road and John Far­rant Drive.

The fire­fight­ers from 39 crews, in­clud­ing Can­ning Vale, El­len­brook, Kiara and Kala­munda man­aged to have the blaze un­der con­trol by about 2am, with an all­clear sent out at 7.15am.

De­tec­tive se­nior con­sta­ble Jim Leighton- Jones said the fire was be­lieved to be de­lib­er­ately lit, hav­ing torn through about 5ha of bush­land threat­en­ing lives and homes.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about this of­fence or with dash cam footage from the area around the time of the fire, should make a re­port on­line at crimestop­per­swa. com. au or call 1800 333 000.

Dam­age caused by the de­lib­er­ately lit fire in bush­land near homes in Goose­berry Hill.

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