Teen charged over Gold Coast primary school fires

A 17-year-old male has been charged following investigations into two separate fires at Gold Coast primary schools last week.

Detectives from the Gold Coast Child Protection and Investigation Unit have charged the Clear Island Waters man with two counts of arson, one count of wilful damage, two counts of wilful damage by graffiti at a school and ten counts of improper use of an emergency call service relating to the intentional misuse of the 000 emergency line on several occasions.

He was also charged with an unrelated charge concerning the possession of a drug utensil.


Officers were called to deal with a small fire at Miami State School on Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters last Wednesday evening.

On Friday, a second blaze broke out at St. Vincent’s Primary school on Fairway Drive at Clear Island Waters.

It’s believed the man started the fires by pushing flammable material under the classroom door, then setting it alight.

Both fires only caused minor damage to the buildings and no one was injured as a result of either of the fires.

“He will be dealt with under the provision of the Youth Justice Act,” said the statement issued by Queensland Police Media.