Cops hunt serial fire bug after bushfire threatens homes in northern NSW

POLICE are hunting a serial arsonist responsible for lighting a number of scrub fires on the Far North Coast of NSW, one of which escalated into a bushfire over the weekend.

Fire crews were called to a number of blazes around Clothiers Creek Road at Cabarita and at Salt Village on Saturday afternoon.

Police were forced to close Clothiers Creek Road after one of the fires escalated into a full-blown bushfire which went on to threaten a number of homes.


The series of fire follow a number of other small blazes in the region in recent weeks.

Investigators are treating the fires as suspicious and are now appealing for public assistance to help find the person who lit them.

In particular, detectives are wanting to speak to a man described as being aged in his 60s who was seen sitting in a silver two-door Peugeot hatchback parked on Clothiers Creek Road at around 3.15pm on Saturday.

This man or any other person who can assist investigators is asked to contact Tweed Heads Police Station or Crime Stoppers.