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Police chase Lockyer Valley firebug

BURNING QUESTION: Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald at one of the places where a firebug caused havoc in Laidley.
BURNING QUESTION: Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald at one of the places where a firebug caused havoc in Laidley. Amy Lyne

FIRE season is upon us and blazes were burning across the Lockyer Valley this weekend, thanks to a firebug - not the weather.

Laidley police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald said the five fires, three on Friday and two on Saturday, had been deliberately lit.

"The fires have been deliberately lit by the offender by them throwing ignition sources from a vehicle," he said.

"It is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously injured or a life is lost."

Snr Sgt McDonald said the last offender caught, who was charged for lighting many fires across the Lockyer Valley, was sentenced to four years' imprisonment in 2012.

"He spent over two years in jail before commencing parole to finish his four-year sentence," he said.

Both police and firefighters are pleading with members of the public to be aware of any suspicious behaviour.

Rural Fire Service Queensland area director Corey Bock said residents were urged to be very watchful of any suspicious activity around a fire.

"There is no reason for them (fires) to start and we are desperately trying to get information from the local community for a description of a person or vehicle," he said.

"It is starting to dry out a bit now and fires are starting to get up and move a little bit quickly and it is important we keep small fires small and we need everyone to have their eyes open."

Anyone with information about suspicious fires should contact their local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  fire, firebug, laidley, police


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