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Fire to Sydney council building may have started over fine

  • $27 million worth of damage to a building could have been sparked over a fine
  • The arson attack on the council chamber in Liverpool went up in flames in 2010 
  • More than 80 firefighters battled the blaze which destroyed about 3,000 files

A suspicious fire which caused $27 million worth of damage is believed to be have been sparked over a $200 parking fine.

The arson attack on the council chamber in Liverpool went up in flames at about 12.35am August 15, 2010. 

More than 80 firefighters were used to bring the fire under control which destroyed more than 3,000 council files.

 

A suspicious fire which caused $27 million worth of damage (pictured) is believed to have been sparked over a $200 parking fine

The arson attack on the council chamber in Liverpool went up in flames at about 12.35am August 15, 2010 (pictured)

The arson attack on the council chamber in Liverpool went up in flames at about 12.35am August 15, 2010 (pictured)

‘Detectives have been told the fire may have been lit following a dispute over a council-issued fine,’ NSW Police Property Crime Squad commander Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman told 9 News. 

‘Given the extensive damaged caused by the fire, we also believe there was more than one person inside the chambers that night, and likely there are others who know more than they’ve told police.’

Historical items including mayoral robes and photographs were also lost in the fire.

‘It is an absolute overreaction if this is the real reason for why this fire was caused,’ Detective Superintendent Chapman told Sydney Morning Herald. 

‘It is an absolute outrageous act of stupidity and these people should be punished.’

Detectives believe more than one person was involved in lighting the fire.      

'Detectives have been told the fire may have been lit following a dispute over a council-issued fine,' NSW Police Property Crime Squad commander Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman said

‘Detectives have been told the fire may have been lit following a dispute over a council-issued fine,’ NSW Police Property Crime Squad commander Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman said

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