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An accused firebug has been charged with lighting 28 dangerous blazes

by Karolyn Philipp (2020-09-01)


A man has been charged with deliberately lighting fires over eight months beginning at the height of Australia's catastrophic 2019-20 bushfire season. 

Emergency services first responded at 1am to a blaze at an empty Hilltop Avenue block at Lake Heights in the New South Wales Lake Illawarra region on January 15 this year. 

The fire ripped through the block partially destroying a fence on a bordering street and reaching within metres of a nearby house. 

A man has been charged with deliberately lighting fires in a vacant block of land over eight months beginning at the height of Australia's catastrophic 2019-20 bushfire season (pictured: Firemen near the town of Bargo on December 21, 2019)  

Australia 2019-20 summer bushfires were some of the largest on record (pictured: Rural Fire Service firefighters extinguish a fire on a property on January 23, 2020 in Moruya, Australia) 

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The blaze was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW and an investigation was launched by Lake Illwarra Police District detectives. 

At 2. If you loved this write-up and you would like to obtain extra information with regards to transparent Communication. kindly visit our own site. 30am on Tuesday, a man was observed by detectives carrying items to the block in order to burn them, police will allege. 

Detectives allege the 53-year-old man had attended the block on 28 occasions between January and August to light fires. 

He was arrested and taken to Lake Illawarra Police Station, where he was charged with 28 counts of intentionally cause fire and being reckless as to its spread.  

Flying embers are seen on January 23, 2020 in Moruya, Australia during the summer bushfires 

The man was refused bail and will front Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday. 

Australia's 2019-20 summer bushfires burned for months across six states and scorched more than 12 million hectares of land. 

Hundreds or properties were razed across the country and multiple lives were lost. 

The fires were also catastrophic for Australia's wildlife with the World Wildlife Fund estimating up to a billion native animals perished. 

In Mallacoota, a seaside town just south of the New South Wales and Victoria border, smoke caused the sky to turn blood red, then black in the middle of the day on New Years Eve. 

Pollution was listed at 'hazardous' levels on multiple days in the cities of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. 

Large numbers of blazes were believed to have been started deliberately, while others were caused by dry and hazardous conditions.