15yo boy charged with deliberately lighting fire that threatened Qld homes

A 15-year-old has been charged over a large bush fire than broke out in Ipswich yesterday.

It started in the vicinity of Kruger Parade in Redbank around 3.00pm, and burnt through a significant amount of bushland, allegedly threatening homes along Henderson Street and a nearby retirement village.

At the time of the fire, several youths were located nearby.


Around 7.00pm last night, another suspicious fire broke out in Goodna, which had the potential to cause significant damage to nearby homes on Eric and Albert Street.

Luckily, local crews were able to get the blaze under control.

Investigations led to the identification of three boys.

One 15-year-old has been charged with setting fire to crops and endangering property by fire.

He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

The remaining two boys aged 15 and 16 are expected to be charged in the coming days.

Police have asked parents and carers to speak to their children about the consequences of lighting fires in this time of heightened danger and whilst on school holidays.

The consequences can be dire – people can die, properties can be lost.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.