Inkling of foul play as tat­too shop set alight

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

BUL­LET holes and spent car­tridges have been found at the scene where a car was driven into a Rooty Hill tat­too shop and set alight yes­ter­day.

Shortly be­fore 4am, po­lice were called to the shop­ping com­plex on Rooty Hill Rd, near the train sta­tion.

A Holden Com­modore had been driven through the front of Deuce’s Tat­too Stu­dio. The car and the build­ing were on fire when po­lice ar­rived.

No one was in the car or the build­ing when the fire took hold and no one was evac­u­ated.

Fire and Res­cue NSW Su­per­in­ten­dent Ian Krim­mer said when fire­fight­ers ar­rived, the blaze had spread into a roof cav­ity and was threat­en­ing ad­join­ing shops.

The emer­gency re­sponse was up­graded, bring­ing 13 crews to the scene.

“Due to con­cerns for the neigh­bour­ing busi­ness, we re­sponded with a heavy­weighted attack,” Supt Krim­mer said. “Fire­fight­ers did a very good job to ex­tin­guish the fire quickly, in about 20 min­utes.” Supt Krim­mer said about 15 per cent of the build­ing was dam­aged by the fire and a far larger area was dam­aged by smoke and heat.

The neigh­bour­ing real es­tate agency was also dam­aged. Fire­fight­ers stayed on scene to en­sure it was safe.

Po­lice are treat­ing the fire as sus­pi­cious.

A crime scene ex­amin- ation un­cov­ered a num­ber of bul­let holes in the front roller shut­ter.

Po­lice said it is un­known when th­ese shots were fired – how­ever spent car­tridges were found on the road­way.

Per­son­nel from Op­er­a­tion Talon are as­sist­ing de­tec­tives from Mt Druitt with their in­quiries.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: DAVID SWIFT

Fire­fight­ers clean up af­ter ex­tin­guish­ing a blaze started when a car was driven into Deuce’s Tat­too Stu­dio in Rooty Hill and set on fire.

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