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AustraliaMum defends boy accused of lighting devastating Sunshine Coast fire

11:55  11 september  2019
11:55  11 september  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

Police treating devastating house fire in Brisbane's south as suspicious

Police treating devastating house fire in Brisbane's south as suspicious Police declared the area a crime scene and nearby residents were put into lockdown for about two hours on Sunday.

The mum of one of the boys accused of starting a devastating fire on the Sunshine Coast has defended her son against online abusers.

Mum defends boy accused of lighting devastating Sunshine Coast fire © A Current Affair Police said a number of fires were deliberately lit by juveniles. It comes as community anger is rising over revelations from police that eight of the 10 deliberately-lit fires were started by juveniles.

"In some cases it's just young kids lighting a fire for fun, that fire has gotten away, and obviously impacted in some ways very badly," Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

But in other cases, she said, the fires had been "purposefully" lit.

Total fire ban for South East Queensland with hot, windy weather forecast

Total fire ban for South East Queensland with hot, windy weather forecast A total fire ban will come into place from midnight across much of South East Queensland with warm, dry and windy conditions forecast tomorrow. © 9News A bushfire burns at Mt Mee. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe fire danger warning for the Southeast Coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts. South-westerly winds will bring a warm and dry air mass, creating severe fire conditions in the hottest part of the day. Multiple fires are already burning across the region tonight. Backburning operations are underway at Mount Mee, north of Brisbane, to contain a fire near McLean Road.

The fires have destroyed 17 homes in Queensland, damaging more than 60 others.

Tonight, A Current Affair exclusively reaches out to the mum of the accused boy.

A Current Affair has also obtained footage of other young people lighting fires north-west of Brisbane.

Police have announced Task Force Overcross to investigate the spate of suspicious fires across the state.

Watch the full story from 7pm tonight on A Current Affair.

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Police hospitalised after catching accused arsonist in the act.
Two police officers have been hospitalised after a dramatic arson arrest in north Queensland. A helicopter pilot, who had seen a man lighting fires near Cedar Creek Falls in the Whitsundays, called police about 3pm Wednesday. When police arrived, the man they believed to be the arsonist allegedly rammed the cop car with his vehicle. Both police officers fired their guns at the man's car before arresting him. The accused arsonist was taken to Proserpine Hospital in a stable condition. "The two officers are in hospital being treated for minor injuries due to the collision," a police statement read.

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