De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gate fires and taxi hit-run

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Baw Baw and La­trobe CIU de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of house fires and a hit and run in­ci­dent in War­ragul last week.

De­tec­tives be­lieve the three house fires in War­ragul and Mor­well, as well as a hit and run in­volv­ing two taxis in War­ragul, are pos­si­bly re­lated.

A Mor­well man was ap­pre­hended by de­tec­tives in Pak­en­ham. The 56-year-old man will be in­ter­viewed in re­la­tion to all in­ci­dents.

De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a house fire in Cen­tral Ave, War­ragul on Mon­day afternoon and two house fires in Mor­well on Tues­day.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion also in­cludes a hit and run col­li­sion near the taxi rank in Smith St, War­ragul early on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Two taxis were hit in the col­li­sion. One of the taxi driv­ers was taken to West Gipp­s­land Hospi­tal while the sec­ond driver sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

War­ragul fire brigade re­sponded to the Cen­tre Ave house fire af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call through triple zero at about 2.30pm on Mon­day from a wit­ness who saw smoke com­ing from the win­dows.

Crews from War­ragul, Drouin, Trar­al­gon and Yar­ragon were able to bring the fire un­der con­trol within the hour.

De­tec­tives are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion from any wit­nesses who may be able to as­sist with in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Crimestop­pers 1800 333000 or De­tec­tive Chris Skur­rie at La­trobe CIU (5131 5044).

CFA mem­bers as­sist at the house fire in Cen­tre Ave, War­ragul on Mon­day afternoon.

Two War­ragul taxis were dam­aged dur­ing a hit-run col­li­sion near the taxi rank in Smith St at about 3am on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

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