Australian police arrest firefighter to start bushbrande

A volunteer firefighter is accused of having ignited the seven bushbrande, before he turned back to turn them off. the Police in the whole Australia Wednesday

Australian police arrest firefighter to start bushbrande

A volunteer firefighter is accused of having ignited the seven bushbrande, before he turned back to turn them off.

the Police in the whole Australia Wednesday charged a volunteer firefighter for arson.

the Man is suspected to have ignited the seven wildfires, before he turned back to his colleagues to help them to extinguish the same fires.

It informs the authorities, who believe that the 19-year-old deliberately set seven fires along the south coast of New South Wales.

It is the state that is most affected by the many devastating bushbrande that has swept Australia since the middle of October.

The 19-year-old man was seen sitting in a vehicle on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before a fire broke out nearby.

Police believe that the man ignited the fire and left the area, before he turned back to extinguish the fire as part of his job as a volunteer firefighter, said police in a statement.

the Man was arrested shortly after and charged with seven cases of arson and to have caused the fires to spread.

the Commissioner for the fire service in New South Wales, Shane Fitzsimmons reports that the teenager was immediately removed from his duties as a volunteer firefighter.

- Our members are rightly angry about, that one person's alleged actions can destroy a reputation and the hard work that so many people have done, says Fitzsimmons.

- This type of behaviour is the ultimate betrayal of our members and the wider community, he adds.

so Far six people are confirmed dead, hundreds of homes are destroyed, and more than 1.5 million hectares of land is burnt in the bushbrandene, which has ravaged Australia since the beginning of October.

on Wednesday, burning several fires continue, including 129 alone of New South Wales. In large parts of the state is declared a "big" fire.

More than 1800 firefighters struggling against the flames. 66 of the fires are out of control.

In recent weeks, several persons have been arrested and charged with deliberately igniting fires. Including a 51-year-old man who is suspected to have started a large fire in an attempt to protect its cannabisafgrøder.

/ritzau/AFP

Updated Date: 27 November 2019, 08:00

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