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AustraliaTeenagers charged over Peregian Beach bushfire on Sunshine Coast

14:36  11 september  2019
14:36  11 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Text messages 'expose teenage arsonists as responsible' for a raging bushfire that's forced hundreds of terrified locals to flee their homes

Text messages 'expose teenage arsonists as responsible' for a raging bushfire that's forced hundreds of terrified locals to flee their homes Facebook messages have exposed teen arsonists as those allegedly responsible for a raging bushfire in a beachside town on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Police have confirmed they are speaking to a number of juveniles in relation to blazes that ripped through the region on Monday night. One of the worst hit areas was Peregian Beach, where many residents were forced to flee their homes and spend the night in evacuation centres. At least one home has been destroyed as the fire continued to burn on Tuesday.

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Police have charged two teenagers over a fire that destroyed a home and tore through bushland at Peregian Beach in Queensland.

A 14-year-old Peregian Springs boy and a 15-year-old Coolum Beach girl were charged with endangering particular property by fire on Wednesday afternoon.

Police allege they were among a group of juveniles who gathered in bushland off Koel Circuit in Peregian Spring about 4.30pm on Monday, when a fire was deliberately lit.

Residents sprayed with ember rain as 'deliberately lit' bushfire raged

Residents sprayed with ember rain as 'deliberately lit' bushfire raged Home owners in Peregian Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, were seen running to pick up hoses and buckets of water while embers sprayed them from above. "This massive ember rain was raining down on our house (and)… on the street," resident Mike Dekker told 9News. Two teenagers – a fourteen-year-old boy and a fifteen-year-old girl – were charged with allegedly deliberately lighting fires that led to the inferno that has devastated the Peregian Beach area.

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The blaze quickly spread towards Peregian Beach, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate the area.

One home was completely destroyed in the fire, another was severely damaged and large portions of bushland were destroyed.

It took firefighters two days to contain the fire, with the emergency declaration for the area lifted on Wednesday afternoon.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes, however, spot fires continued to burn in the area.

Teenagers charged over Peregian Beach bushfire on Sunshine Coast © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation The blaze approaching homes at Peregian Beach on Monday night. (Supplied: Wavell Bush) Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) Inspector Chris White praised the work of firefighters, who remained in the area on Wednesday afternoon to dampen hot spots.

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Sunshine Coast residents face another tense night as a fast-moving bushfire that jumped roads like a "flamethrower" continues to rage. Mr Campbell spent Monday night in a Noosaville evacuation centre. Another Peregian Beach resident, Joan Sawyer, is worried about being possibly being left homeless.

Up to 10 properties destroyed in the Peregian Springs and Peregian Beach as town of Ballandean also evacuated.

"We have some predicted wind speeds that may be a problem [on Friday and Saturday], but technically with the support we're hitting this fire with at the moment, everything should be blackened out in that Peregian area," he said.

The QFES told people to avoid walking in areas hit by the fire, warning of the possibility of hot spots under the sand that could still "cause significant damage".

The charges came after police set up Taskforce Overcross to investigate the cause of 10 fires across the state.

Earlier on Wednesday, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said 11 people, some juveniles, were being dealt with by detectives.

"In some cases it's just kids lighting fire for fun [and] that fire has gotten away and impacted very badly," she said.

"[While] other kids got together and purposely lit fires, and in other cases there have been recidivous offenders around arson and police have dealt with them appropriately."

Southern Region Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon said there was evidence to suggest the fire near Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt, that destroyed at least five homes over the weekend, may have been accidentally lit.

Bushfire conditions set to worsen across southern Queensland.
Fire conditions are expected to worsen today and tomorrow, with a dry wind forecast to sweep across parts of southern Queensland. The fire danger rating is "very high" for nine of the 15 regions and will remain there for Saturday. Scores of fires continue to burn, from Lockhart River in Cape York to Ballandean near the southern border, however none pose an immediate threat this morning. A wind change today is set to bring a dry, south-westerly to southern Queensland.

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