Police and fire authorities are investigating two fires that struck Tasmanian properties on the weekend with both being treated as ‘suspicious’.
At around 1am on Saturday (18 February 2017), emergency services were called to a structure fire at 17 Goodwins Road, Clarendon Vale. The fire was extinguished but caused extensive damage to the inside of the house estimated to be approximately $100,000 in damage.
The house, owned by Mission Australia, was unoccupied at the time of the fire and investigation showed that the fire was suspicious and the offender(s) have set the fire inside one of the rooms at the back of the house.
A number of youths were seen by witnesses running away from the scene at the time of the fire.
Anyone with information about this fire can call Bellerive CIB on 61732641 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Meanwhile a short time later Police and Tasmania Fire Service attended a house fire at Plymouth Road, Gagebrook.
The alert came at around 3.30am Saturday (18 February 2017) again the residence was vacant at the time. Authorities say damage is estimated at $180,000.
The exact cause of the Gagebrook fire is undetermined, however again it is believed to be suspicious.
An investigation has been launched by Glenorchy CIB who would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the Plymouth Road area around the time of the house fire.
Anyone with information can contact Glenorchy CIB on 61732881 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.