Ar­son­ists warned over scrub fires

Southern Telegraph - - CRIME - Pierra Wil­lix

The Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices has is­sued a warn­ing af­ter three fires in the Bal­divis area were de­lib­er­ately lit re­cently.

DFES su­per­in­ten­dent for the Metropoli­tan South Coastal re­gion Paul Heal said mem­bers of the Bal­divis Vol­un­teer Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice brigade had at­tended six fires in Bal­divis dur­ing the Aus­tralia Day long week­end, three of which had been de­lib­er­ately lit.

Three scrub fires, one on Cam­polina Av­enue on Jan­uary 25, and two on Bal­divis Road the next day, were de­ter­mined to have been de­lib­er­ately lit, and WA Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

“Ar­son de­stroys lives and prop­erty,” Supt Heal said. “Just one mo­ment of reck­less fire­light­ing be­hav­iour could de­stroy hu­man and an­i­mal life, homes, liveli­hoods and habi­tats.

“DFES works closely with WA Po­lice and Parks and Wildlife to iden­tify and catch ar­son­ists to pre­vent them do­ing fur­ther dam­age. We en­cour­age any­one who sees any­thing sus­pi­cious to re­port it to Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.”

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