Greenwood teens charged after allegedly setting fire to tyres near bushfire

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in the southern part of the Gnangara pine plantation last week. Picture: DFES/Twitter.
Firefighters at the scene of the fire in the southern part of the Gnangara pine plantation last week. Picture: DFES/Twitter.

TWO Greenwood teenagers are due to face court next month after allegedly setting tyres on fire near a large bushfire last week.

Arson Squad detectives from Strike Force Vulcan have charged a boy (17) and man (18) over a fire at the Gnangara Pine Plantation in Lexia on February 15.

“It will be alleged the two men attended the area about 4.30pm to dump tyres and a lounge,” WA Police spokeswoman Ros Weatherall said.

“At the time, there was also a large bushfire being suppressed nearby.

“The men then set fire to the tyres before leaving the area in a vehicle.

“Attending emergency services were able to extinguish the fire before it caused further damage.”

Both have been charged with lighting a fire likely to injure or cause damage.

The 18-year-old man is due to face Midland Magistrates Court on March 7 while the younger boy will appear there on March 14.

More than 50 firefighters from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, the Parks and Wildlife Service, as well as volunteer and regional services attended the bushfire, which burnt through about 15ha.

MORE: Police investigating dead body at Trigg Beach

MORE: Two pedestrians hit by alleged drink-driver in Mullaloo carpark

MORE: Kalamunda woman charged with alleged stealing of nearly $2m

MORE: Beaufort Pet Parade not just for dogs and cats