Arson suspected in bushfires


The damage after the fire.
The damage after the fire.

Resident Tara Blackwood said she saw three people pointing at bushland on March 5 opposite her house on Dunrossil Street and minutes later noticed grass trees were engulfed in flames with the fire stretching up to five metres.

“I heard a burnout, a car screeched, about 2 or 2.30am,” Ms Blackwood said.

“I saw three people, a girl and two guys, standing on Weaponess Road pointing at our bushland.

“I thought ‘hang on something is not right, they might be breaking into our elderly neighbours’ place’.

“Right opposite the bush was exploding and all the grass trees were alight and then the fire just spread really quickly.

“The fire spread to gum trees above, which is really scary because there is so much dry bushland it could have been so much worse than it was.”

Scarborough officer-in-charge Glenn Dowding confirmed another grass tree had been set alight in the area on March 2.

“We will be upping our patrols of the area and targeting known persons of interest around that location,” Sergeant Dowding said.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious in the area please contact us.”

He added that a said a suspicious vehicle was seen in the area.

“The circumstances around this are suspicious, I would say it was deliberately lit,” he said.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services confirmed they attended the fire at 2.07am.

A police spokesman confirmed police attended the fire and took witness statements.

Ms Blackwood said she and her neighbours were scared the offenders would come back.

“Police were saying on Friday night they are petrified because there are so many of these grass trees and all it takes is for someone to see an opportunity and do it again,” she said.

“I think they were the same people that lit another fire on the Wednesday.

“There were other grass trees lit up out the front of the Wembley Downs IGA last month.

“Obviously, people are out to do it in that area, I think this car that screeched was looking for this spot, they were the same people who did it on Wednesday night, they knew exactly the location.”