Appeal after suspicious shopping complex fire at Forbes

Police are appealing for information following a suspicious fire at a shopping complex in the state’s Central West yesterday.

About 2.10am (Monday 28 December 2020), emergency services were called to a shopping complex on Rankin Street, Forbes, after reports of a fire.

The complex was unoccupied at the time and there have been no reports of injuries.

The blaze was extinguished by Fire & Rescue NSW; however, one business was completely destroyed and two were partially damaged.

Officers from Central West Police District established a crime scene and are conducting inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the fire, which is being treated as suspicious.

As investigations continue, police are urging anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the area that evening to come forward.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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