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Deputy Police Commissioner Dave Owens Makes Public Appeal

Teens Detained After Deliberately Lit Fire – Engadine

Legal action will be taken against two Engadine teenagers after a deliberately lit scrub fire was extinguished yesterday.

About 6.30pm yesterday, Police and emergency services were called to a fire in scrub at the western end of Stephen Road, Engadine. The fire began after a number of brochures were set on fire.

Police received information that two boys were seen running through a grass reserve towards Napier Street.

Two boys, aged 14 and 13, were arrested 50 minutes later at a house in Napier Street, Engadine.

The teenagers will be dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

State Emergency Operations Controller NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens said that even though yesterday’s fire danger was lower than the weekend, it still did not take much for a fire to take hold.

“In hot, dry and windy conditions, it does not take much for fires to spread quickly and small fires can escalate to seriously endanger residents and property.”

“That’s why we’re urging all members of the public to adhere to fire ban restrictions over these hot summer months. Deliberately setting fires during this time of unpredictable weather conditions is idiotic behaviour, at best.”

“You are putting at risk not only yourself but potentially entire communities.” Deputy Commissioner Owens said.

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