In­ves­ti­ga­tors start hunt for ar­son­ists

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

THERE have been sev­eral sus­pi­cious fires across the re­gion this week but Ar­son Squad de­tec­tives do not think they were caused by a se­rial ar­son­ist.

On Tues­day, crews were kept busy with a bush­fire near Port Kennedy Drive and Bakewell Drive in Port Kennedy.

There was also a fire in Sin­gle­ton, near Cock­a­too Close and Har­mony Pa­rade.

On Satur­day, the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices were called to a bush­fire in Baldivis near Mil­lar Road and Wel­lard Road at 2.20pm. The fire burnt about 24ha.

A sec­ond fire was a short dis­tance away along Wel­lard Road in an area about 500m south­east of the Ber­tram/Wel­lard round­about. The fire burnt about 0.5ha.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve a man seen in the area at the time may be able to as­sist with their in­quiries. He was de­scribed as be­ing about 20 years of age, fair skinned, with dark curly hair, wear­ing flu­oro or high-vis­i­bil­ity cloth­ing and rid­ing an or­ange bike.

On Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 9 there was a fire on Bay­side Boule­vard near Barcelona Grange, Port Kennedy and at the back of the Links Kennedy Bay golf course about 10.30pm.

It is be­lieved a per­son set off a flare from Port Kennedy Drive, which went over the golf course and landed in bush­land, start­ing the first fire.

About 20 min­utes later, a sec­ond flare was set off, start­ing the sec­ond fire.

Strong winds pushed the fires to­ward nearby homes. The fire zone had pre­vi­ously been used by the mil­i­tary and cre­ated a risk to emer­gency per­sonal due to the pos­si­bil­ity of un­ex­ploded or­di­nance. About 6ha of bush­land was burnt. In­ves­ti­ga­tors are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or make a re­port on­line at www.crimestop­per­swa.

Re­wards of up to $50,000 are avail­able for in­for­ma­tion that leads to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and con­vic­tion of an ar­son­ist.

Po­lice want in­for­ma­tion to help catch those re­spon- sible for re­cent fires, in­clud­ing the Baldivis blaze.

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