Neighbour is arrested after man, 49, dies in a house fire – and the pair allegedly had an argument in the moments before the blaze started
- Neighbour of man who died NSW house fire was arrested following a ‘row’
- Cameron Johnson, 49, died when his Bombaderry home caught fire on Friday
- He was allegedly arguing with Harley Thompson, 26, moments before the fire
- Police are treating his death as suspicious and called in homicide detectives
The neighbour of a man who died in a house fire has been arrested after the pair were allegedly arguing moments before the blaze started.
Cameron Johnson, 49, died when his home at Bombaderry, north of Nowra, was engulfed by flames at about 10.40pm on Friday.
Emergency services were called to the house and found Mr Johnson stuck inside.
Police believe the fire was deliberately lit and have arrested Mr Johnson’s 26-year-old neighbour Harley Thompson.
Cameron Johnson (pictured), 49, died when his home at Bombaderry, north of Nowra, caught fire about 10.40pm on Friday
Firefighters (pictured) pulled an unresponsive Mr Johnson out of the home and despite many CPR attempts by paramedics, he died at the scene
Firefighters pulled unresponsive Mr Johnson out of the home and despite many CPR attempts by paramedics, he died at the scene.
In the moments before his home catching fire, Mr Johnson was allegedly arguing with Mr Thompson who lives four doors down.
Mr Thompson was arrested by police on Saturday.
Mr Johnson was allegedly arguing with neighbour Harley Thompson (pictured) who lives four doors down
Harley Thompson (pictured), 26, has been arrested following the house fire at Bombaderry
Neighbour Peter Nielsen told 9News it took an hour for fire crews to put out the house fire.
‘Nobody would have lasted long in there,’ he said.
Officers have established a crime scene which will be examined by specialist forensic police.
Police are treating his death as suspicious and have called in homicide detectives.
Mr Johnson was arrested outside the Nowra Post office on July 4, 2018, after he picked up two packages containing the drugs – 6,000 diazepam (valium) and 300 clonazpam (rivotril)
Mr Johnson’s tragic death comes after he pleaded guilty to importing more than 6,000 prescription pills from overseas in March 2019.
He was arrested outside the Nowra Post office on July 4, 2018, after he picked up two packages containing the drugs – 6,000 diazepam (valium) and 300 clonazpam (rivotril).
The South Coast Register reported it was one of the biggest prescription drug seizures in the Shoalhaven at the time.