A TEENAGER has been charged with allegedly starting the bushfire that destroyed 14 homes near Yeppoon in Central Queensland.
Queensland Police confirmed on Thursday that officers have spoken with a 16-year-old male, who will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
The Cobraball blaze erupted around 1.30pm on Saturday, forcing residents to flee their properties.
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It’s understood the fire destroyed more than a dozen homes and at least 28 sheds.
The incident has prompted authorities to issue a warning to parents, encouraging them to chat with their kids about the consequences of lighting fires.
“At this time of heightened danger and following the declaration of a State of Fire Emergency, the community is asked to work with authorities to prevent fires,” Qld police said.
“Parents and carers are urged to speak to their children about the consequences of lighting fires in this time of heightened danger.”
Locals told us on Sunday they suspected arson… now police have charged a juvenile. Just disgraceful. My heart goes out to all those who have lost property and possessions. It’s just lucky no one was killed. https://t.co/KZaf3KEqxW
— Bianca Stone (@Bianca_Stone) November 14, 2019
If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.
Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.
For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.