Man charged over Perth hostel fire death

Photo: 7News Perth
Photo: 7News Perth

A MAN accused of setting a backpacker hostel on fire in inner Perth has been charged after another resident died in the blaze.

A 39-year-old male resident of the hostel was on Saturday charged with criminal damage by fire after the blaze at the East Perth premises on Friday about 12.25am.

A 44-year-old female resident of the hostel, was found dead.

And five residents received smoke inhalation with two taken to Royal Perth Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

The man is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au. Callers can remain anonymous.