Blaze in Kings Park deliberately lit

Blaze in Kings Park deliberately lit

12 December 2008

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Australia — A bushfire Perth’s iconic King’s Park about 4pm on Friday was deliberately lit, FESA says.

“Several ignition points were spread over a twenty-metre strip,” FESA fire investigator Phill Cribb said.

The fire was near the Magpie Path cycleway, about 100m inside the park, opposite the BP service station, Thomas St, Subiaco.

Witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area should call Crime Stoppers on: 1800 333 000.

The bblaze was brought under control after firefighters were alerted to the blaze just before 4pm.

Fire and Rescue Service crews and firefighting personnel from Kings Park have begun mopping up.

Seven crews sent to tackle fire

A FESA spokeswoman said seven crews had been sent to control the fire.

She said there were concerns that gusty winds would cause the fire to spread rapidly.

FESA metropolitan district manager John Alchin said the fires were burning on the Kings Park corner of Thomas and Bagot streets in an area of about 250 by 150 metres.

“We don’t know how it started,” Mr Alchin said.

“The fires are contained now, not under control but contained.

“It’s only damage to bush but we have a little building to protect.”

Police are directing heavy traffic at the Thomas and Bagot streets intersection, where the lights are out.

Kings Park Blaze: A PerthNow reader sent in this photo of the fire, taken from the Central Park tower.

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