ARSON Squad detectives are calling for businesses with CCTV footage to help their investigation into a deliberately lit fire at a painting business in Bayswater last night, which caused $200,000 worth of damage.
At 8.30pm, a fire started at the rear of the front office of WA Custom Track Painters on White Street.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) extinguished the fire and saved the rear workshop, which contained paint and chemicals.
There was evidence of forced entry and scorch marks at the building’s rear.
Arson Squad Detective Senior Constable Jim Leighton-Jones said due to DFES’ suppression efforts, there was damage caused to the front door.
“DFES came and suppressed the fire and as a result of their suppression efforts, it was deemed a suspicious fire… that was when Arson Squad became involved,” he said.
“The fire actually got into the roof and then it got brought down so there were multiple fires inside the premises.
“In terms of damage, at this moment, I would suggest mainly in the roof.”
Senior Constable Leighton-Jones said detectives were working with the business owner as part of the preliminary stages of their investigation.
“He is very upset at the moment… something like this is fairly serious and it obviously looks like it is a targeted attack,” he said.
“He wants to know why his business has been targeted.”
He said there was minimal evidence from the business’ CCTV, which sustained quite significant fire damage.
“At this point, we don’t know what sequence when the fire was lit; that is part of the investigation,” he said.
“Unfortunately, being an industrial area and it was on a Sunday evening, we don’t imagine that there would be too many witnesses.
“I’d appeal to the businesses in the area if they do have any CCTV, if they can review the CCTV between 7.30pm to 8.30pm last night and if they believe they have anything that can assist with the investigation to get in touch with Crime Stoppers.”