30 May 2023

Half a million dollars worth of damage caused by potential arson incident in Wright

| Claire Fenwicke
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It’s believed the car was set on fire on Friday night (26 May). Photo: ACT Policing.

Police have launched an investigation after a fire at a Wright property caused an estimated $500,000 in damage.

Emergency services were called at about 1:45 am on Friday (26 May) to reports a car had been set on fire in an underground parking area at 46 Steve Irwin Avenue.

The fire was contained but not before destroying the vehicle and extensively damaging the property’s electrical and sewer systems.

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The building’s electrical and sewer systems were damaged in the blaze. Photo: ACT Policing.

Officers have spoken with the residents of the property and neighbours, but are after more information.

Anyone who hasn’t yet spoken with police who may have witnessed the fire, has information about the fire, or who lives near Steve Irwin Avenue and has CCTV footage have been urged to come forward.

Anyone who can assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting reference 7440525.

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I can’t believe we allow these sitting bombs in underground carparks, the risks are too great.

These dangerous and potentially deadly fires are all too common, with many people dying because of them.

People could also easily weaponise these petrol powered vehicles to cause mayhem, we need to reconsider our use of them. Surely it’s time to look for alternatives such as a horse and cart, which is far safer.

It’s the only action that makes sense.

Did you know that the ACT Government has spent exactly zero dollars on hitching posts, water troughs and other horse related infrastructure in Tuggeranong since the Tuggeranong hating Barr Government has been in office?

Capital Retro3:23 pm 30 May 23

Lucky it wasn’t an EV or the property and infrastructure would have been more severely damaged.

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