Police Appeal For Witnesses To Mooroopna Woolies Fire

Damage costs could enter the millions

Police Appeal For Witnesses To Mooroopna Woolies Fire

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Police are calling for witnesses to come forward after a man was arrested over a supermarket fire in Mooroopna, north of Melbourne.

Emergency services were called to a Woolworths on McLennan Street just before 7.30am this morning when staff noticed the fire in one of the aisles.

Shepparton Crime Investigation Unit officers believe the man allegedly started the fire in the cleaning aisle of the store after setting alight toilet rolls.

Although no one was injured in the fire, the store has been extensively damaged.


According to the Shepparton News, the incident caused the store sprinklers to be activated, causing an estimated $2 to $3 million worth of store damage.

Staff and shoppers were safely evacuated - but the Woolies could now remain closed for more than a week.

The 50-year-old Mooroopna man is currently being interviewed by investigators.

Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au