A 48 year-old man of no fixed abode has been airlifted to Concord Hospital after receiving serious burns in a suspicious fire in Molonglo early this morning (Thursday 16 January).
ACT Fire and Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service attended a grass fire located in a pine forest near Tuggeranong Parkway and Lady Denman Drive after 5am this morning and extinguished the blaze at approximately 6.30am.
Police spoke to a number of witnesses on site and received reports of a man attempting to start a fire in the area. After a short search, police located the man who appeared to have suffered burns to his throat, chest and arms.
ACT Ambulance Service transported the man to The Canberra Hospital where he was treated. However, due to the seriousness of his injuries he was later transported to Sydney. Police will speak to the man in relation to two suspicious fires when his condition improves.
Acting Officer-in-Charge of Woden Police Station, Sergeant Louise Denley says that police believe the man is also linked to a fire yesterday near Yarralumla Creek on Lady Denman Drive.
“About 12.30pm ACT Fire and Rescue along with ACT Rural Fire Service responded to a fire near Yarralumla Creek and extinguished the grass fire,” Sergeant Denley said.
“We are urging anyone with information on either fire to please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. The man always has his dog with him, a small white dog with black markings. If you recall seeing a man with a dog around the time of the fires, please contact us.”
Anyone with information regarding either of these incidents, who has not yet spoken to police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
[Courtesy ACT Policing, photo by Monsieur Aubergine]