Police believe 2018 Minto fire was ‘deliberately lit’

Police continue to investigate a “suspicious” fire that occurred in Minto last October.

Emergency services responded to a fire at a commercial laundry and linen factory on Airds Road about 4.20pm on Saturday, October 27.

Firefighters took several hours to extinguish the blaze and declare the scene safe.

The fire caused significant damage, believed to be worth more than $1.6 million.

The blaze also caused smoke damage to surrounding factory units.

Damage inside the Airds Road factory. Picture: NSW Police Force

Damage inside the Airds Road factory. Picture: NSW Police Force

NSW Police Financial Crimes Squad’s Arson Unit detectives Strike Force Denfield to investigate circumstances surrounding the fire.

Investigators located ignition points inside the building and believe the fire was deliberately lit.

As inquiries continue, detectives have appealed for information from the community that may assist with their case.

Arson Unit coordinator, Detective Inspector Richard Puffet said the Airds Road industrial area was busy, even on a Saturday.

Detective Inspector Puffet said investigators hoped to refresh the memories of anyone who was in the Airds Road area on October 27.

“Detectives have conducted extensive canvasses of the area and reviewed hours of CCTV footage, which has led us to believe the factory was accessed from the rear,” he said.

“It is most likely whoever lit the fire travelled to and from the area along the Bow Bowing Creek canal.

“We would like to speak with anyone who may have noticed something suspicious that afternoon – particularly if they saw someone in the canal area.”

Strike force detectives are also examining potential links between this fire and a fire at another commercial linen supplier in Ingleburn in 2015.

“Our inquiries have led us to believe this fire may be linked to a large fire that destroyed another commercial laundry in the nearby suburb of Ingleburn on Wednesday, March 11, 2015,” Detective Inspector Puffett said.

“Both fires are suspected to have been deliberately lit and targeted the same type of business, which were operating in the same area, and while there’s a few years between incidents, the similarities certainly raise our suspicions.

“As our inquiries continue, we’d urge anyone with relevant information to come forward.”

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Denfield investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. 

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