Queensland Police will be putting together a task force to investigate suspicious fires across the state.
In this morning’s announcement, it was confirmed that at least eight fires are in their scope across Queensland at the moment.
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However, it’s understood three teens may have been responsible for lighting a devastating blaze on the Sunshine Coast yesterday afternoon, which has seen the evacuation and displacement of hundreds of people.
Two properties and a shed were confirmed destroyed in that blaze this morning, and it’s understood up to ten properties have suffered serious damage.
An emergency warning is still in place for Peregian Beach and surrounding areas at the time of writing.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll announced a special task force will be formed to ‘prevent, disrupt and investigate’ the various suspicious fires, in a state press conference update just before midday today.
“Can I please ask parents to speak to their children. These are not usual conditions. They’re actually quite dangerous.
“Some fires have just clearly gotten away from kids thinking they’re just having fun, and as I said there has been reckless and purposeful behaviour by others.
“This task force will stay in place until I am satisfied we have dealt with all fires across the state, and will continue throughout the coming weeks.
“The consequences of some of these fires are dire. People can die, buildings and residences are being destroyed.
“And obviously some of them can carry life imprisonment offences if it is found to be purposeful and people do die as a result.
“Once again, parents please speak to your children, and others – if you’re thinking about this and it’s purposeful, we’re investigating all of them, we will be relentless, and there has been many many charges laid around the state as a result of this,” Commissioner Carroll said.
Police Commissioner @CoPCarroll has announced the QPS will establish a task force to prevent, disrupt and investigate suspicious fires across Queensland. There are at least 8 fires in scope at the moment. pic.twitter.com/OhhuARticO
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) September 10, 2019