Police to extradite man over fire

The house was burnt to the ground in December last year.Coffs Harbour detectives are seeking the extradition of a man in Queensland over an alleged act of arson near Bellingen in late December.
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The man, aged in his 40s, was arrested by Queensland police in Mackay on Wednesday (June 27).

Police say he was wanted on an outstanding NSW arrest warrant in relation to a house fire, which occurred at Brierfield in December last year. The man is also believed to be from Brierfield.

Officers have sought the man’s extradition in the Mackay Magistrates Court, and police say the man is expected to face a NSW court on Friday.

Two teenagers are already before the courts facing charges over the suspicious fire, in which a home was burnt to the ground on a Rigney Rd property on December 29, last year.

The occupants were not at home at the time of the fire, but a 49-year-old man suffered burns to his hands while attempting to fight the blaze.

After the alarm was raised emergency services arrived on scene to find the house well alight.

In the wake of the fire a police strike force codenamed Exhibition was formed to investigate the incident and led to the arrest of a 17-year-old male at his home in Mulwala on the Victorian border last month.

Another man Blake O’Connor, 18, was arrested at a home in San Francisco Ave, Park Beach.

He is currently before the Coffs Harbour Local Court facing charges of aggravated break and enter and commit a serious indictable offence (arson).

O’Connor is also facing an unrelated sex charge of procuring a child for unlawful sexual activity.

Police are expected to release further details on the other man’s arrest in Queensland later today.

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