Police close in on arsonists

Firefighters battle one of the recent fires around Bullsbrook.
Firefighters battle one of the recent fires around Bullsbrook.

In the latest fires over the Easter long weekend, career and volunteer fire fighters were called out on Friday, March 29 to Brabham to battle a blaze near the entrance to Whiteman Park.

Arson Squad detectives believe there is more than one arsonist involved in lighting the fires, which have stretched from Whiteman Park to Gingin.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig White said although none of the recent fires had been of significant size, it would have taken only a strong wind or hot day for the fires to have quickly spread.

‘The little bit of rain was great last week but the conditions are still volatile and, until we get significant rainfall, that won’t change,’ he said. ‘The fire threat is still the same. You can’t control fire, you don’t know what is going to happen ” it’s not a fun game to watch fires, it’s very dangerous and carries a lifetime penalty in jail.’

Fire investigations and analysis unit district officer Gary Baxter said up to 70 per cent of the fires in the past two months had been deliberately lit.

‘There’s a lot of deliberate fires lit through misadventure, property theft, concealment of crime through fires and a lot of people setting fire to dumped rubbish,’ he said.

Det Sen Sgt White said the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and WA Police were calling on the public to come forward if they saw any suspicious vehicles or people.’We rely on the public support, if you see anything ring up Crime Stoppers, it’s a massive area to control and we can’t be everywhere at once,’ he said.