Police are appealing for public assistance after two deliberately lit fires at the same home in Sydney’s west.
About 1am on Saturday 22 December 2018, emergency services were called to a home on fire on Metella Road, Toongabbie, which three men – aged 58, 68, and 71 – were asleep inside.
The fire caused significant damage to the front of the house, and minor burns to a 68-year-old male occupant.
About 12.20am on Wednesday 24 April 2019, emergency services were called to the same home on fire, with all three same occupants asleep inside.
No one was injured, however the fire caused damage to the roofing at the front of the home.
Detectives attached to Blacktown Police Area Command attended the scene of both fires, and are continuing extensive inquiries into their suspicious circumstances under Strike Force Granuaille.
Inquiries suggest the first fire was lit via a plastic container believed to contain accelerant being ignited on the front porch, and the second being lit via accelerant being poured over the front porch and ignited.
Detectives have released CCTV of the recent fire, which depicts a small white late-model car driving past the scene, and a man running from the blaze.
Police urge anyone with information – or who may have seen the car around the area during the time of the incident – 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.