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Police On The Hunt For Arsonists After Sydney Bushfires

Police have launched a special strike force to help track down arsonists after revealing that the bushfires that have raged though communities in Sydney’s south and south-west were almost certainly deliberately lit.

Detectives currently believe that that the blaze, which crews are still tirelessly working to fight, originated in bushland near Casula train station in the Georges River.

Strike Force Capri has been set up with the intent of hunting down the firebugs who started the “sickening”bushfire that blackened over 2500 hectares of land and damaged a number of houses.

A crime scene has now been established at Casula as the NSW Rural Fire Service reduced the threat of the blaze to ‘Advice’ yesterday morning, meaning that the threat to homes was no longer imminent.

According to RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons the fire is being treated as suspicious as there has been no sign of any other cause.

“It’s absolutely sickening and reprehensible how anyone in society thinks they can deliberately light a fire, endangering the men and women volunteers putting their lives on the line,” he said. “And in turn put so many members of the community in homes, businesses and the travelling public.”

“This is a very serious offence and a crime, with NSW among the toughest for penalties across the country with up to 25 years jail and hefty fines.”

Police officers were seen door-knocking at homes in Casula yesterday afternoon but anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Last night there were still over 250 fire crews out fighting the blaze and back burning along Heathcote Road and along parts of the Holsworthy military base.

Mr Fitzsimmons praised the heroic efforts from the RFS and Fire and Rescue in bringing the blaze under control.

“Our appreciation and admiration goes out to the firefighting effort and those who have been on the front line from Saturday afternoon.”

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