Bul­garra fire ‘sus­pi­cious’

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pi­cious fire that gut­ted a Kar­ratha house on Sun­day, Jan­uary 15.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the fire be­gan in a va­cant Depart­ment of Hous­ing prop­erty in With­nell Way, Bul­garra, at about 7.45pm.

They be­lieve the house was be­ing used by itin­er­ant peo­ple and the fire be­gan when a mat­tress caught alight in the front lounge room.

Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency district of­fi­cer for the Bur­rup Luke Mitchin­son said the house was “fully in­volved” when DFES crews and po­lice ar­rived.

Fire­fight­ers man­aged to con­tain the fire af­ter about 45 min­utes and stop it spread­ing to sur­round­ing prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing two units ad­join­ing ei­ther side of the house.

The prop­erty was gut­ted by the blaze and Mr Mitchin­son said the es­ti­mated cost of dam­age was $300,000.

Mr Mitchin­son asked res­i­dents to re­port peo­ple stay­ing in va­cant prop­er­ties to au­thor­i­ties to avoid as­so­ci­ated safety risks.

“A lot of these houses are the older ones around town, and there’s the on­go­ing is­sue of as­bestos and de­mo­li­tion to the sur­round­ing neigh­bours,” he said.

“Be­cause these are un­oc­cu­pied prop­er­ties, a lot of them don’t have smoke alarms and the like so we rely on the neigh­bours to ring triple-0.”

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