23 February 2023

Suspicious fire caused $350,000-worth of damage to sports pavilion, police call for info

| Albert McKnight
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The location of the Gordon Neighbourhood Oval, where a fire burnt a sports pavilion. Image: Google Maps.

Police are calling for witnesses to a suspicious fire in a south Canberra sports pavilion that caused about $350,000-worth of damage.

The fire was burning in the Gordon Neighbourhood Oval’s sport and recreation pavilion by about 5:30 am on 5 December 2022, ACT Policing says.

ACT Fire & Rescue put the blaze out, but it caused significant damage to the building and a large amount of sports equipment inside the facility.

Police began investigations as they believed the fire’s cause was suspicious.

They want to speak to anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the oval, which is off Midge Street, around the time of the fire.

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In particular, they want to speak to the driver of a dark dual cab utility or the rider of a dirt bike who were seen travelling on Midge Street at about 5:20 am.

“Police do not believe the occupants of these vehicles were involved in the fire; however, they may be able to provide crucial information regarding the incident,” police say.

If you have information that could assist police, you can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or on the Crime Stoppers ACT website by quoting reference 7288756.

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