BLAZES SPARK FIREBUG FEAR
POLICE INVESTIGATE SEVEN FIRES STARTED AROUND ST MARYS AND MT DRUITT
FIREFIGHTERS fear a firebug could be behind a spate of deliberately lit fires in isolated areas in St Marys and Mt Druitt suburbs.
St Marys police say they are investigating four separate fires lit in proximity of each other on November 27 - the day Fire and Rescue NSW declared a complete fire ban as temperatures soared above 40C.
Crime manager Detective Inspector Barry Vincent said his team was also investigating three other suspicious fires lit on October 16 in the same area.
POLICE are investigating a spate of deliberately lit fires at St Marys and Mt Druitt, with fears that a single firebug could be to blame.
Alarmingly, four separate fires are believed to have been deliberately lit on November 27, which was the first day Fire and Rescue NSW declared a complete fire ban as temperatures soared above 40C.
A Facebook post pub- lished by Dunheved fire station on the day highlighted the issue.
“Recently, the bush and grass areas adjacent to the railway lines between Forrester Rd and Werrington Rd have been lit up by a local firebug,” the post said.
“The police are investigating in the hope of putting a stop to this person’s potentially dangerous habit.”
While Fire and Rescue NSW Metro West One Zone Commander Superintendent Alex Scott was reluctant to declare a firebug was on the loose, he said there was a history of fires lit deliberately at Whalan Reserve.
The reserve is on the other side of Forrester Rd to the recent attacks and easily accessible by children but recently the more isolated area near Werrington Rd and the railway had been targeted.
“I don’t know if there is enough evidence at this stage for us to be able to say there is … a firebug in this case,” Supt Scott said.
He said the arson attacks were more frequent in the weeks prior to the Facebook post and, the remote location of the area targeted, could indicate it isn’t just fires being lit by curious or bored children.
A second post published on the Dunheved Fire Station page on the same day also pointed to two additional fires, in Tregear Reserve and around the corner at Boronia Park.
St Marys crime manager Detective Inspector Barry Vincent said police were aware of the November 27 attacks and were also investigating three fires deliberately lit on October 16.
Two of the fires were lit close to the railway line at The Kingsway and forced the closure of Werrington Rd as multiple fire crews responded.
Det Insp Vincent said strike force Toronto was investigating serious arson attacks and urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.