Hunter police are appealing for information as they continue to investigate a number of suspicious fires that occurred in the Singleton area last year.
Between 11.30pm and midnight on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 October 2021, emergency services responded to four grass fires around Lioness Park and John Street at Singleton.
On that same night, emergency services were called to the corner of Market and Patrick Streets, at about 12.15am, following reports of a building fire.
Fire & Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze, with the vacant building destroyed and another seriously damaged.
Both buildings were unoccupied at the time and there were no reports of injury.
Hunter Valley PD Crime Manager Detective Inspector Matt Zimmer said they are treating the blazes as suspicious.
“Initial inquiries suggest due to the close proximity and timing of the fires, that all these incidents are linked, and that more than one person may be involved,” he said.
“During an assessment of the scene, police located multiple aerosol cans, which were seized for forensic examination.”
As investigations continue, police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au
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