Man Allegedly Set Wires On Fire In Sydney Suburb
A man is alleged to have used a crowbar to lift up a piece of footpath and set wires underneath alight during a total fire ban in Sydney's inner west.
Emergency services were called to a small fire on Johnston Street in Annandale at about 1.40am on Wednesday.
A 37-year-old man is alleged to have started the blaze by lifting up the footpath and igniting the wires, before fleeing the scene with a woman.
The fire was quickly extinguished and the man was arrested nearby, NSW Police said in a statement.
A search warrant was executed on a property on the same street with several items seized.
The man was charged with destroying or damaging property in company by means of fire and failing to comply with a total fire ban.
He was refused bail and will face Newtown Local Court on Thursday.
Police are continuing to identify the woman allegedly involved.
In a second incident on Wednesday night, emergency services were called to a property in Long Point, in the Hunter Valley, after reports of a small fire in a backyard.
Police will allege a man, 26, deliberately lit the fire to burn rubbish.
The fire, which was quickly extinguished, was located less than 40 metres from a shed containing potential accelerants, including petrol, oil and fertilisers, NSW Police said.
The man will face Singleton Local Court on January 16, after failing to comply with a total fire ban.
A total fire ban has been declared for eight areas in NSW for Friday, banning fires in open areas or any activity that could cause a fire to start.
The Greater Sydney Region, Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, Illawarra/Shoalhaven, Central Ranges, New England and Northern Slopes will all be affected.