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Three teenagers are arrested over bushfire that threatened a Queensland retirement village

Three teenagers are charged over lighting bushfire that threatened to burn down a retirement village

  • Three teenagers have been arrested after a suspicious fire threatened homes
  • Bushfire began burning in Redbank, west of Brisbane, about 3pm on Tuesday 
  • Police allege another suspicious fire was lit about four hours later, at 7pm 

Three teenagers have been arrested after a suspicious fire threatened homes and a retirement village in Queensland.

The large bushfire began burning near Kruger Parade in Redbank, west of Brisbane, about 3pm on Tuesday. 

A significant amount of bushland was destroyed by the blaze, which allegedly threatened homes along Henderson Street and the retirement village on Kruger Parade.

Three teenagers have been arrested after a suspicious fire threatened homes and a retirement village in Queensland

Four hours later, another suspicious fire was allegedly lit near Eric and Albert Street, in Goodna, about 7pm. 

The fire, which had the potential to cause significant damage to nearby homes, was controlled by local crews.

Following investigations, police arrested three male teenagers. 

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with setting fire to crops and endangering property by fire. He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

The remaining two boys, aged 15 and 16, are expected to be charged in the coming days.

In a statement on Wednesday, Queensland Police asked the community to work with authorities to prevent fires.  

‘With fires still active across Queensland, the priority of emergency services is reducing any further impact of the fire, ensuring community safety and protecting property,’ they said. 

‘Parents and carers are urged to speak to their children about the consequences of lighting fires in this time of heightened danger and whilst on school holidays.

‘The consequences can be dire – people can die, properties can be lost.’ 

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has extended a local fire ban for Whitsunday, Isaac, Mackay, Central Highlands, Woorabinda, Banana, Gladstone, Livingstone and Rockhampton Local Government Areas.

The local fire ban will remain in place until 11.59pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

In a statement, Queensland Police asked the community to work with authorities to prevent fires. 'The consequences can be dire – people can die, properties can be lost'

In a statement, Queensland Police asked the community to work with authorities to prevent fires. ‘The consequences can be dire – people can die, properties can be lost’

 

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