Bushfires WA: Arson squad not treating fire near Wilson Road in Bullsbrook as deliberate

Police usually are not treating a fire near Wilson Road in Bullsbrook on Thursday as deliberate.

There have been preliminary fears and preliminary stories that the fire might have been the work of a fire bug and was being handled as suspicious.

However The West can now reveal that arson squad detectives imagine the fire was not deliberate in any respect. An in depth report on the squad’s findings remains to be being compiled tonight.

Police spent a number of hours in Wilson Road as we speak probing how the fire began in Bullsbrook on Thursday away from the principle Wooroloo fire, which has up to now destroyed 86 properties.

DFES Staff at Wilson Road, east of Bullsbrook.
Digicam IconDFES Employees at Wilson Road, east of Bullsbrook. Credit score: Ian Munro/The West Australian

DFES Commissioner Darren Klemm mentioned the Bullsbrook fire began in Wilson Road about 10km north of the principle fire entrance.

When requested on ABC radio this morning if the fire appeared suspicious he mentioned: “It does at this stage.

“I’ve spoken to the Commissioner of Police about that this morning and police and our fire investigators can be that as we speak.

“It’s clearly not one thing we would like once we are coping with the fire we’ve obtained now.

“Ten kilometres north is probably a bit too far for embers to have precipitated that to ignite so we are going to work by that as we speak.”

It comes amid revelations that two current fires in the Bullsbrook and Chittering areas had been began unintentionally by motorbikes.

In a single case a rider had an accident inflicting a small fire. In a second case a motorcycle backfired which additionally precipitated a fire.

In each instances the riders alerted fire crews and the fires had been in a position to be extinguished shortly.

As revealed by The West arson investigators spent hours on Thursday scouring a semi-rural property in Wooroloo believed to be floor zero of the devastating bushfire that has ravaged Perth’s north-eastern fringe.

Arson squad detectives at what they believe could be the Wooroloo bushfire’s ground zero.
Digicam IconArson squad detectives at what they imagine may very well be the Wooroloo bushfire’s floor zero. Credit score: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

The property being checked out on Thursday was on the nook of Harper Road and Werribee Road, simply 2.5km north-east of the small city of Wooroloo in Perth’s Hills.

So as to pinpoint how the fire began, detectives pored over the property with Division of Fire and Emergency Companies investigators and Western Energy employees.

Police proceed to emphasize that there isn’t a prison act or proof of criminality which contributed to the fire.

The investigation stays ongoing.