Second Man Arrested Over Deliberate Fires in Lake Macquarie

Police have now arrested and charged a man over a suspicious fire at Lake Macquarie last week.

Emergency crews were called to Fassifern Railway Station at about 5:30pm on Thursday, January 3rd where they managed to put out a blaze in nearby bushland.

Detectives then set up Strike Force Wollybutt to investigate the incident and yesterday, they arrested a 25-year-old man near Victoria Street Railway Station in East Maitland.

The man’s been charged with intentionally causing a fire, disposing of stolen property and possessing suspected stolen bankcards.

He’s been refused bail and will front court today.

It comes after a young volunteer firefighter was charged with lighting fires in the same area, earlier this week.

Police are reminding the public that anyone caught deliberating lighting a bushfire could face penalties of up to 21 years in prison.