ACT Fire & Rescue have attended multiple car fires this morning in Civic, Turner, Reid and Braddon.
70 people were evacuated when at least 14 cars and a boat were found alight in the car park underneath Condamine Court, Turner.
In another incident, fire fighters responded to an apartment block in Allambee Street, Reid, where two cars were found alight causing a number of people to be evacuated from neighbouring units.
The cause of the fires is yet to be determined. ACT Fire & Rescue have handed the scene to ACT Policing to investigate.
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ACT policing is investigating multiple fires which occurred in the city last night and early this morning (Friday, August 23).
Around 11.40pm last night police were called to the first of several fires at a range of locations in the city, in garbage bins, vehicles and a carport.
Around 1.43am ACT Policing was called to another fire in the underground carpark at Condamine Court in Forbes Street, Turner.
The fire caused serious damage to the amenities of the building and forced the evacuation of approximately 60 residents who lived in the 27 flats above.
Shortly after police were also called to a vehicle fire in a carport in Jerilderie Court in Allambee Street, Reid.
Residents of those flats were initially evacuated but due to the minimal damage were allowed back inside their homes.
Police are urging anyone who was in the city area last night and saw anyone acting suspiciously to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.
[Courtesy ACT Policing]
If you’ve got pictures of the carnage* please send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org .
UPDATE: The legendary Samuel Gordon Stewart was on the scene recording the incident:
If you’re so inclined you can find him in twitter @samuel_sgs .