Police investigating three overnight fires in Girrawheen with a fourth in Greenwood

The fire at the back of Coles Express on Marangaroo Drive. Pictures: Marie Nirme
The fire at the back of Coles Express on Marangaroo Drive. Pictures: Marie Nirme

THREE overnight fires in the northern suburbs could be linked with police investigating a potential arson spree.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) was first called to a palm tree on fire near Mereworth Way and Oldfield Road in Girrahween at 1.20am.

A DFES spokeswoman said seven crews attended and the fire, which was determined to be deliberate, was extinguished by 1.39am.

Meanwhile, at 1.33am, 13 crews were called to a fire at a petrol station in Girrawheen.

It is believed a man set fire to various items inside a skip bin at the back of Coles Express on Marangaroo Drive with flames coming dangerously close to gas cylinders.

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The spokeswoman said officers reported there were “two large cylinders, that may contain compressed air, venting”.

She said the fire was extinguished by 2.17am and the owners were on the scene at 2.37am.

It is estimated it caused $8000 of damage.

Two more DFES crews were then called to another tree on fire at 3.33am in Shortland Way in Girrawheen.

Officers reported the tree was “completely involved” and determined it had been deliberately lit.

It was extinguished by 3.48am.

Warwick Police are working to determine whether these incidents are linked.

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Anyone who saw any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles, or who has any dash cam footage of the area around the time of the fires is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

Rewards of up to $50,000 are available.

There was also a fourth fire reported at 1.46am, with two Joondalup crews called to a scrub fire on Hepburn Avenue in Greenwood.

The DFES spokeswoman said it burnt about 40m of bush near the junction with Goollelal Drive and was extinguished by 2.12am.