A man has been charged over a fire that destroyed a council building in Sydney’s south-west 10 years ago.
Emergency crews were called to the Liverpool Council Chambers on Hoxton Park Road, Liverpool on Sunday August 15, 2010 when a fire alarm went off just after midnight.
The fire was deemed suspicious and damage to the building exceeded $27 million.
After a lengthy investigation, detectives from NSW Police arrested a 29-year-old Liverpool man just after 4pm yesterday.
They allege the man was involved in lighting the fire after breaking into the building with others.
“For 10 years, the Arson Unit have diligently reviewed new information about a possible motive for the fire and new enhanced examination techniques ultimately led to a breakthrough in the investigation,” Arson Unit Commander, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Puffett, said.
“Not only did this fire cause extensive damage and disrupted Local Government – it put the lives of neighbouring residents and emergency service workers in danger.”
The man was charged and will face Liverpool Local Court today.
Investigators have also released a COMFIT image of another man seen in the area at the time of the blaze.
He is described as being of Mediterranean appearance, aged in his early 20’s and wearing a dark-coloured hooded-jumper.
“Even though it has been 10 years since the fire, we’d like to hear from anyone whose memory may be refreshed by this image – no matter how insignificant the information may seem, it could be valuable to the investigation,” Det. Chief Insp. Puffett said.