Inquiries after two suspicious unrelated housefires at South Grafton

Police are investigating a suspicious house fire in South Grafton yesterday.

Shortly before 2pm (Tuesday 27 April 2021), emergency services were called to Maxwell Avenue following reports a home was well alight.

Crews from Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended and established a crime scene.

Meanwhile, police are continuing investigations into another suspicious – but unrelated – house fire which occurred on Friday 1 January 2021.

Emergency services were called to a home on Angorphora Way at South Grafton, about 3.50am, responding to calls of a home being well alight.

Once Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze, officers from Grafton Police Station attended and established a crime scene. It’s estimated the damage is approximately $250,000.

Detectives are treating both blazes as suspicious, and are wanting to speak to any neighbours who may have been in the vicinity just prior to both fires.

In particular, police wish to speak to a man who was seen near the Angorphora Way fire. He is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, aged in his mid 20s, with a thin build, and at the time he was wearing a white shirt and a gold chain.

Jewellery and war medals have been reported missing from the home following the blaze.

Officers do not believe the fires are linked and are treating them as separate incidents; however, are appealing for anyone who has any information which could assist detectives to contact Grafton Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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.

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