CFA member ‘major bushfire suspect’

 CFA member ‘major bushfire suspect’

16 April 2009

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Australia — Victoria Police and the Country Fire Authority are refusing to confirm or deny reports the major suspect in the Marysville bushfire investigation is a member of the CFA.

Detectives said earlier this month that they were closing in on the arsonist responsible for the blaze that killed 34 people.

Fairfax media is reporting the police investigation is now focused on the CFA member.

Police are said to have questioned and released the CFA member pending further investigation.

On April 1, Assistant Commissioner Dannye Maloney said the Phoenix Task Force was closing in on the Marysville arsonist and again appealed for public help.

“We know the fire was deliberately lit and we want to apprehend and prosecute the person/s responsible,” he said at the time.

The investigation into the fires on February 7 have taken over 40,000 hours of police work, Victoria Police say.

Up to 250 police investigators have worked on the Phoenix Task Force on a daily basis.

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