Three Boys Accused Of Starting Fires That Threatened Queensland Homes
Police have arrested three teenagers following suspicious bushfires in Redbank and Goodna, west of Brisbane.
The trio, all boys, were taken into police custody on Tuesday after the fires threatened homes.
Residents in Redbank were advised to be prepared to leave their homes on Tuesday afternoon when a bushfire threatened homes along Henderson St and a nearby retirement village on Kruger Pde in Redbank.
Later that evening, police allege a further suspicious fire was lit in bushland near to Eric and Albert St, Goodna, which posed a threat to homes.
Both blazes were contained by firefighters.
After an investigation, the Ipswich Child Protection Investigation Unit charged a 15-year-old boy with setting fire to crops and endangering property by fire.
He will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
The remaining two boys, aged 15 and 16, are expected to be charged in the coming days.
A statement from the Queensland Police has urged parents and carers to speak to their children about the consequences of lighting fires in this time of heightened danger.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have extended a local fire ban for Whitsunday, Isaac, Mackay, Central Highlands, Woorabinda, Banana, Gladstone, Livingstone and Rockhampton Local Government Areas.
The local fire ban will remain in place until 11.59 pm on Wednesday 4 December 2019.