Police investigate Kahana Park bushfire


POLICE are investigating a bushfire which caused a neighbouring school to be evacuated on Tuesday.

Students were evacuated from Butler College due to a bushfire in the Kahana Park located on Kahana Parkway, across Connolly Drive in Butler on Tuesday.

The school, which has more than 1700 students, advised it quickly evacuated to neighbouring Irene McCormack Catholic College after a fire was reported about 10am.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services and WA Police were called to the fire, which burned 3.5 hectares of bushland.

Kahana Park bushland. Pictures: WA Police.

DFES extinguished the fire before it spread to nearby homes and schools.

High needs students from Butler College were initially kept safe at the administration building before being taken to the Merriwa Education Support Centre on the college bus.

“These students will return to Butler College in time for their regular after school bus services,” the school advised parents.

DFES issued the bushfire advice at about 11.30am and gave the “all clear” by 3.50pm, with firefighters remaining to monitor the area for the rest of the night.

Kahana Park Butler

Posted by NA Photography on Monday, 2 March 2020

The fire started near the intersection of Kahana Parkway and Shepperton Drive.

Investigators wish to speak to anyone who saw any suspicious people or activity, or has dash-cam vision of the area around the fire between 9.30am and 3pm.

Anyone with information regarding these fires is asked to 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.

Good news; we have been advised by fire authorities that the fire at Kahana Park is now under control and will continue…

Posted by Butler College on Monday, 2 March 2020

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