Teen RFS volunteer charged with deliberately lighting fires

A teenage Rural Fire Service volunteer has been charged after allegedly deliberately lighting a number of fires on the NSW far north coast.

Police launched an investigation into a number of suspicious grass fires, believed to be deliberately lit, in the Burringbar and Mooball areas between 7 October and 3 November.

RFS crews were also called to a suspicious grass fire near a property on Yarrabee Terrace at Stokers Siding about 6.30pm last night.


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Following investigations into the blazes, police stopped a vehicle in Broadway Street at Burringba  and arrested an 18-year-old man.

Officers also searched a home at Burringbar, where they located and seized a replica pistol.

The teen was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with nine counts of intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread and one count of possess unauthorised pistol.

“Police will allege in court the man lit several blazes in the area before returning to respond to the fire as part of his duties as a volunteer.”

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today, while the NSW Rural Fire Service have also immediately stood down the member.

Investigations are ongoing.

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