TWO teenagers have been charged with allegedly deliberately lighting a fire that destroyed a home and tore through bushland at Peregian Beach earlier this week.
Police confirmed in a statement overnight that they had charged a 14-year-old Peregian Springs boy and a 15-year-old Coolum Beach girl with endangering particular property by fire.
“It will be alleged that around 4.30pm on September 9, a group of juveniles were in bushland off Koel Circuit when a fire was deliberately lit,” Queensland Police said.
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“The fire quickly spread in a south-easterly direction to Peregian Beach, damaging a significant amount of bushland before threatening housing and destroying one home.”
Emergency Services battled the blaze for three days and were forced to evacuate residents from a number of neighbouring suburbs.
Distressed residents were finally allowed to return home to their properties on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite charging the teens, police say investigations are continuing.
The incident has prompted officers to issue a timely reminder about the dangers of lighting fires or committing acts of arson, especially with Queensland continuing to experience extreme and dangerous fire conditions throughout the state.