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Police probe overnight fires
Police probe overnight fires

Police arson squad officers are investigating three suspicious house fires in and around Perth last night.

Between 9am and 11.15pm, a large group of youths held a party at an abandoned property on Thompson Road in Roleystone.

The revellers set fire to rubbish and furniture in the house, sparking a blaze which spread to the roof.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the blaze caused about $100,000 worth of damage.

Just after 9pm in Mandurah, police and fire crews rushed to a house fire on Foulkes Place.

It is understood the roof of the property collapsed before firefighters brought the blaze under control by 9.50pm.

The damage was estimated at $150,000.

Finally, just after 3am, emergency authorities were called to a fire at an unoccupied house on Baron Way in Gosnells.

It is understood the house was all but destroyed, leaving a damage bill of about $300,000.

Arson squad officers will attend all three properties today to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

In an unrelated incident, a 19-year-old Greenfields man has been charged with deliberately lighting a bush fire in Warnbro yesterday.

Police will allege the teenager set fire to scrub next to Ennis Avenue just before 5pm.

A DFES spokesman said the grass fire covered about 6000sqm at its peak.

He has been charged with wilfully lighting a fire likely to injure or cause damage.

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today.

The West Australian

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