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Arson: Why Do People Start Bushfires?

bush fireSome are angry, others enjoy the spectacle, others simply act without thinking.

Whatever motivates them, firebugs who intentionally spark bushfires cost Australians a billion dollars a year and an immeasurable amount of fear and heartache. Continue reading Arson: Why Do People Start Bushfires?

Queensland Police Charge Ten Year Old Boy With Police Station Arson

A 10-year-old boy has been charged with arson after a police station in the north-west Queensland mining town of Mount Isa was gutted by fire early Saturday.

The boy remained in custody on Saturday night. Police are believed to be opposing bail. The 10-year-old was one of two children questioned by police after the station went up in flames in a suspected torching about 1.45am.

A number of residents called emergency services to report the police beat at Pioneer, in the town’s inner east, was ablaze. There were also several reports of explosions. The premises were engulfed by flames when firefighters arrived.

Mt Isa police district Detective Inspector Chris Hodgman said that a resident police officer usually stays at the station, but was not there overnight Friday. The officer lost a number of personal possessions in the blaze, along with the significant amount of police property at the station.

Anyone with information is asked to phone CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000. 

Read more in Brisbane Times.

NSW Police Officers Injured As Coffs Harbour Apartment Explodes In Flames

Two police officers were injured as a Coffs Harbour Jetty apartment burst into flames with a male resident suffering extreme burns after setting the apartment on fire.

Coffs Clarence Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said in addition two police officers, a male officer aged 32 and a female aged 23, were taken to hospital, treated for minor burns and abrasions and have been released.

Supt Holahan said it was lucky the two officers exposed to the blast were able to shelter behind some concrete pillars.

“That absorbed most of the blast for them, so that’s a very lucky outcome,” Supt Holahan said.

A police critical incident team, led by Mid North Coast police, is looking into the causes of the explosion and fire.

Supt Holahan said the units surrounding the apartment were vacant.

“After the fire and rescue people cleared the apartment, they then said the building was still safe. There was no-one in the immediate vicinity of the apartment,” he said.

He said police were called to an address in Orlando St, Coffs Harbour on Sunday at 7pm where a man had barricaded himself in a unit. After about 30 minutes the unit exploded injuring the male occupant and the two officers.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Read more in Coffs Coast Advocate.

Source: www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au

Townsville Pub Fire: Off-duty Officer Prevents Catastrophe; Could’ve Been Another Childers

A teenager is accused of almost causing a Childers-style tragedy after allegedly setting fire to a historic Queensland pub while more than a dozen people slept upstairs. An alert off-duty police ­officer noticed flames coming from the rear of the Great Northern Hotel in Townsville about 5.20am yesterday and raised the alarm. The manager was able to quickly evacuate guests from upstairs accommodation of the iconic weatherboard pub before firefighters arrived.

Source: www.couriermail.com.au

Ed: harsh penalty for the arsonist, it was close to a catastrophe