Arson squad appeals for information on stolen car that sparked Jandabup fire

Jandabup bushfire on Australia Day. Picture: Josh Tucker
Jandabup bushfire on Australia Day. Picture: Josh Tucker

A CAR stolen in Murdoch is believed to have sparked a bushfire in Jandabup on Australia Day.

Arson Squad detectives have appealed to the public for information to help with their investigation into the suspicious fire in Jandabup on Saturday, which prompted an emergency warning for people in the area.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to reports of a fire about 1pm on January 26 in bushland in the vicinity of Hawkins and Wirrega roads.

The fire burnt about 40 hectares of bushland and private property, with about 150 career and volunteer firefighters attending to extinguish and mop up the fire throughout the long weekend.

Emergency services attend the Jandabup bushfire. Picture: Josh Tucker

A stolen motor vehicle was found burnt out in the area and detectives believe that was where the fire started.

The vehicle, a white 2013 Mitsubishi Pajero, registration 1EDZ275, was stolen from outside an address in Murdoch around 3.30pm on Wednesday, January 23.

Western Australia Police Force have released CCTV footage from Murdoch about 3.30pm on Wednesday, January 23 of a man and woman who they believe can help with their investigation into the stolen vehicle that sparked a fire in Jandabup on Australia Day. Read more at https://bit.ly/2RR46yi .

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The same vehicle was seen around 10am on Friday, January 25 where a burglary occurred on Lennard Street in Dianella.

A man was seen to leave the scene in a hurry in the vehicle as an audible alarm sounded.

Detectives would like to speak to anyone who saw the stolen vehicle between Wednesday and Saturday, or suspicious activity in the Jandabup area – call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

Callers may remain anonymous if they wish. Rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist.

Total fire bans were in place across several local government areas in WA today, including Armadale, Chittering, Gingin, Gosnells, Kalamunda, Mundaring, Northam, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Swan, Toodyay and York.

A horse near an area burnt during the Jandabup bushfire. Picture: Josh Tucker