Child pyromaniac epidemic hits Queensland as 10 youngsters are arrested for starting potentially deadly bushfires
- Ten children have been arrested for allegedly starting horrific bushfires
- They include a 16-year-old boy who allegedly set bush on fire in Cobraball
- The blaze, which was started on November 9, destroyed 14 homes
- Two teens are believed to be responsible for fire that gutted Binna Burra Lodge
Ten children have been arrested for allegedly starting horrific bushfires in Queensland.
Queensland Police revealed on Tuesday that 18 people in total have been arrested since an emergency was declared on November 9.
Juveniles who are found guilty will be dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.
One of the juveniles was a 16-year-old boy who allegedly set fire to bush in Cobraball, west of Yeppoon.
The resulting blaze, which was started on November 9, destroyed 14 homes.
Ten children have been arrested for allegedly starting horrific bushfires in Queensland Pictured: Bushfire rages near the rural town of Canungra
Police decided not to charge two teenagers accused of accidentally starting a fire from a cigarette which gutted the historic Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast Hinterland in September.
Attorney General Yvette D’Ath told the ABC a conviction is recorded under the most extreme circumstances but there are other ways to stop children offending.
However Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said child offenders should be forced to visit their victims and apologise.
‘These kids should face real consequences for their actions and be made to front up and apologise to their victims and even visit a burns unit,’ Ms Frecklington said.
In the two years leading up to the end of 2018 136 kids were charged with lighting fires that risked homes. Only 18 were convicted.
On Wednesday temperatures are set to soar to mid-to-high 30s near some of the major Queensland bush fires. Some parts of the state will hit 40C.
The sweltering temperatures will only increase the fire danger, with more than 70 fires are still burning across the state.
Firefighters are facing weeks of testing conditions, with no forecast of significant rain until January.
More than 400 homes have been lost to bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales this year.