Arrests made over Blue Mountains bushfires

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by StreetCorner

A 19 year old and a 13 year old have both been charged with two counts of malicious damage by fire have been charged following police investigations the recent Blue Mountains bushfires.

Following suspicious that the 13 fires firefighters battled last week were deliberately lit police investigations determined that the fires were lit by home made devices.

Both the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW successfully saved all property from damage and no one was evacuated from their home.

The arrests were made on Friday 23 September 2011 on Cascade Street, Katoomba.

They were both charged with two counts of malicious damage by fire and granted conditional bail to appear in Katoomba Local and Children’s Court on October 17. Strike Force McMichael officers are continuing their investigations into the fires which are believed to be the work of several firebugs.

Police have warned there are severe penalties for anyone caught lighting fires with a maximum jail sentence of 14 years.

Members of the community are urged remain vigilant when it comes to fire safety and report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information about the suspicious blazes or the culprits is urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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