Police lay charges over Springside fires


Canobolas Rural Fire Service zone operations officer Brett Bowden praised the efforts of residents near Selwood Lane who spotted a man lighting fires on Thursday.

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Mr Bowden said a resident had told firefighters – who arrived on scene to extinguish the blazes – they believed they knew the alleged arsonist.

Police later arrived and took a 30-year-old man into custody, charged with lighting causing or setting fire to property.

Selwood Lane Fire 1

The actions of vigilant neighbors brought a strong, immediate response from five crews from Springside and Spring Hill volunteer brigades, which played a critical role in the fires being brought under control and extinguished quickly.

“People shouldn’t wait if they see smoke, particularly if they see flames, they should call triple-0,” Mr Bowden said.

“Fortunately for us and for the local community, the ignition happened at 7.30pm,” Mr Bowden said, explaining the cooler temperature assisted RFS crews.”