Ar­son­ist should come clean on laun­dry fires

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

TWO Syd­ney busi­nesses de­stroyed by fire three years apart — re­sult­ing in mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar dam­age bills — have now been linked by po­lice, who say the ar­son at­tacks were car­ried out by the same per­son.

De­tec­tives in­ves­ti­gat­ing a fire that caused nearly $2 mil­lion dam­age at Com­tex Laun­dry at Minto last year say it is sim­i­lar to a blaze that dec­i­mated an­other clean­ing busi­ness, Star Linen at In­gle­burn, in 2015.

“Both fires are sus­pected to have been de­lib­er­ately lit and tar­geted the same type of busi­ness, which were op­er­at­ing in the same area, and while there’s a few years be­tween in­ci­dents, the sim­i­lar­i­ties cer­tainly raise our sus­pi­cions,” De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Richard Puf­fett said yes­ter­day. Po­lice are ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the lat­est fire, which was de­lib­er­ately lit in­side a fac­tory on Airds Rd at Minto about 4.30pm on Oc­to­ber 27 last year. The fire (pic­tured) caused $1.6 mil­lion dam­age.

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