Ar­son­ist loose

Central Leader - - News -

Po­lice are hop­ing to catch an ar­son­ist who has struck three times in the space of a month.

They are ap­peal­ing to res­i­dents of Bal­moral and Mt Eden for any clues or sight­ings to as­sist in find­ing the per­son who has caused $50,000 worth of dam­age to a Do­min­ion Rd build­ing.

De­tec­tive con­sta­ble Vic­to­ria Wil­liams says the fires have been started in the early hours of the morn­ing in the same block of build­ings.

“They are clearly linked,” she says.

Richard Lan­gridge, land­lord and owner of Metropoli­tan Rentals, says there was a fire on Easter Mon­day which caused thou­sands of dol­lars worth of dam­age and two fires since then, the most re­cent last Thurs­day.

He says in one of the in­ci­dents, the fire was smoul­der­ing in the base­ment and melted a wa­ter pipe that for­tu­nately acted as a sprin­kler.

Gary Beer of the Auck­land Fire Safety Depart­ment at­tended the most re­cent Do­min­ion Rd fire.

“It ap­pears it has been de­lib­er­ately lit, there was an iden­ti­cal fire in an iden­ti­cal po­si­tion a week ago.”

Any wit­nesses with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing fires at 321-331 Do­min­ion Rd should ring 8205722 or the Avon­dale po­lice on 820-5700.

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