Detectives renew appeal for info following boy’s death in 1998 suspicious house fire in Redfern

Detectives are renewing their appeal for information following the anniversary of a suspicious fatal house fire in Sydney 20 years ago, NSW Police say.

Arthur Haines, aged 13, was seriously injured in the blaze while staying overnight at a friend’s house on Walker Street, Waterloo, about 10.30pm on 9 April 1998.

The teenager was taken to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and died 11 weeks later.

After scientific examination of the crime scene it was determined that the house fire was lit deliberately.

Strike Force Belemba comprised of officers from Redfern Police Area Command was established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire.

A $100,000 reward offered by the NSW Government is still on offer, for any information that could lead to the successful prosecution of those responsible for the fire.

Redfern Police Area Commander Superintendent Andrew Holland said he needs the help of the community to progress the investigation.

“We are particularly interested in speaking to anyone who may have lived in the area at the time,” Supt Holland said.

“It’s been 20 years and we want to provide some answers to Arthur’s family who tragically lost their son.”

Strike Force detectives are confident there are people out there who have information.

“Someone must know something about this incident so I urge you to pick up the phone and call us – you can do this anonymously through Crime Stoppers.

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