Police charge man after fire – East Maitland

A man has been charged following a house fire in East Maitland this morning.

About 5.30am (Sunday 9 October 2022), emergency services were called to Lawes Street following reports of a house fire.

Fire and Rescue NSW officers extinguished the blaze a short time later; however, the home was significantly damaged.

A 28-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene for smoke inhalation and minor burns, before being taken to Maitland Hospital in a stable condition.

Officers from Port Stephens Hunter Police District attended and established a crime scene.

Following a search of the premises, the bodies of two cats – who were in the home at the time of the incident – were located.

Detectives commenced investigations into the incident and, following inquiries, a 44-year-old man was arrested on Raymond Terrace Road, Millers Forest.

He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was charged with damage property by fire/explosion >$1500 and breach bail.

He was refused bail and will appear at Maitland Local Court tomorrow (Monday 10 October 2022).

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