Detectives called on to investigate two suspicious school fires on the Gold Coast

POLICE are searching for an arsonist, possibly two, accused of setting fire to two primary schools on the Gold Coast.

Emergency services were first called to a school on Oceanic Drive at Mermaid Waters last Wednesday night.

They arrived to find a small fire burning in one of the classrooms around 7.20pm.


Fortunately, the blaze was extinguished quickly with the building sustaining only minor damage.

On Friday night firefighters were then called to a school on Fairway Drive at Clear Island Waters.

It was around 9.15pm when flames were seen coming from inside a classroom.

Again, crews managed to douse the flames before they went on to cause any significant structural damage.

Both schools, however, have sustained smoke damage.

Gold Coast Detectives are investigating whether the fires are linked. They say they are treating both blazes as suspicious.

Investigators say an examination of the scenes revealed flammable material had been shoved under the classroom doors and set alight at both schools.

Anyone who may have any information about either fire or witnessed anything suspicious is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via 24hrs per day.