Police treating fires as suspicious – Alice Springs

Northern Territory Police are investigating a series of fires which destroyed two vehicles and damaged a home in Alice Springs overnight.

Local fire crews responded to two separate reports of vehicle fires at an address on Little Flower Court yesterday afternoon.

Both vehicles, which were parked at the address, were destroyed by fires, which appear to be deliberately lit.

Just after 3am fire crews were again called to the same address, this time to extinguish a fire which began in a pile of timber outside the unoccupied home.

Fire crews managed to get the fire under control and extinguish it before is spread throughout the home. No major structural damage was caused by the fire.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and conducting inquiries.

Acting Senior Station officer Matt Wilson said the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

“Thankfully the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, and the house is fitted with working smoke detectors, which helped in alerting the neighbours who called 000.

“Any fire is a timely message to everyone in the community to double check their smoke detectors are operational.

“We are also heading into our fire season, so we urge residents to ensure their yard is maintained and to remove potential fire hazards and fuel loads.”

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