Man in court af­ter house fire

Southern Telegraph - - News - Emily Sharp

A 38-year-old man was charged with crim­i­nal dam­age by fire for al­legedly set­ting alight a Bal­divis prop­erty last Tues­day.

Fire crews were called to the sin­gle-storey Col­reavy Ram­ble house about 6.45pm but were un­able to save the prop­erty.

The four-bed­room, two-bath­room, brick-and-tile home was gut­ted by the blaze, caus­ing more than $500,000 worth of dam­age.

One per­son was home at the time but was not in­jured in the fire.

The ac­cused ap­peared at Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court last Thurs­day and was sched­uled to re-ap­pear on Tues­day.

Ear­lier this year the Tele­graph re­ported Bal­divis and East Rock­ing­ham had been listed as two of 2015’s top three sub­urbs for pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle fires, with a local emer­gency ser­vices chief stress­ing how dan­ger­ous un­con­trolled blazes could be.

Fig­ures from the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices show that of 1278 in­ci­dents re­lat- ed to ve­hi­cles across WA in 2015, 697 were de­lib­er­ate or sus­pi­cious.

South Hed­land was the top sub­urb for ve­hi­cle fires with 25 in the 12 months, with Bal­divis in close pur­suit with 22.

East Rock­ing­ham is listed third on the list, with 14 blazes in 2015.

Pic­ture: 7 News

A De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices spokesman said the fire had been de­lib­er­ately lit.

Fire caused $500,000 dam­age to the Col­reavy Ram­ble house.

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