Firefighter Accused Of Lighting Kurri Kurri Bushfires

He's facing four charges..

2 August 2017

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It's been revealed a retained firefighter was allegedly responsible for the bushfires that raged around Kurri Kurri back in January.

28-year-old Joshua Lambkin was arrested at his home in Weston and has been charged and handed conditional bail to face court next month.

His brother - 27-year-old Craig Lambkin - who was arrested in the days after the fires is facing three fresh charges and has been refused bail ahead of facing Newcastle Local Court tomorrow.

Homes were threatened and people had to be evacuated during the Hart Road and McLeod Road infernos.


A retained firefighter has been charged with lighting January's devastating bushfires that threatened homes around Kurri Kurri.

The 28 year old is accused of starting fires at Chinamans Hollow, Hart Road, Loxford and McLeod Road.

Following a lengthy investigation by arson detectives, they arrested the man at a home in Hall Street, Weston on Monday.

He's been charged with four counts of intentionally causing a fire and concealing a serious indictable offence of another person.

He's been granted bail and will face Cessnock Local Court on September 6.

Detectives also laid further charges against a 27 year old Weston man previously arrested over the fires.

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