Who killed Arthur? Police announce $1million reward as they ramp up investigation into cold case Molotov firebombing that killed 13-year-old boy
- Arthur Haines, 13, died after becoming trapped in a fire in Sydney in 1998
- Investigators believe a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the building late at night
- No one has been charged for the blaze, Homicide Squad is now re-investigating
- NSW Government has now increased the reward for information to $1 million
A $1 million reward is being offered for information relating to a deliberately lit fire which killed a young boy.
Arthur Haines, 13, was staying at a friend’s house in Sydney’s Waterloo when a fire ripped through the home at about 10.30pm on Thursday April 9, 1998.
The teenager suffered serious injuries and was rushed to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, but sadly he died 11 weeks later.
His mother Julie Szabo has been left heartbroken as no one has ever been charged over the fatal fire.
Arthur Haines, 13, was staying at a friend’s house in Sydney’s Waterloo when a fire ripped through the home at about 10.30pm on Thursday April 9, 1998
Julie Szabo, the mother of Arthur Haines, who died in a house fire in 1998 holds a photograph of her son as she speaks to the media during an appeal for information in 2018
The New South Wales Government has now increased the reward from $100,000 to $1 million.
Arthur had been sleeping in a room on the top floor of the home on Walker Street when a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the building.
He was trapped on the top floor of the three-storey terrace as the fire began engulfing the home.
He had to run through the fire to escape and suffered burns to 60 per cent of his body.
Julie Szabo is comforted by Police officer Angela Cook after speaking to the media during an appeal for information
There were about six other people at the home at the time but they managed to escape uninjured.
When fire crews alive the ground floor had been destroyed.
In 2001, an inquest into the death heard how there were tensions between neighbours on Walker Street in the months before the explosive was thrown but no one was ever charged.
The matter underwent a formal review and in January this year the case was referred to detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad to re-investigate under Strike Force Belemba II.
Arthur had been sleeping in a room on the top floor of the home on Walker Street when a molotov cocktail was thrown at the building (pictured: The charred remains of the home)