Police charge man after lighting grass fire at Griffith

A man will appear in court after being charged with intentionally lighting a fire in the states Southern Region today.

Police will allege in court that, about 10.50am (Friday 27 November 2020), emergency services were called to a grassfire burning in overgrown vegetation next to Dickson Road, Griffith.

A number of residents on Parkinson Crescent were evacuated as a precaution as the fire was spreading.

Fire & Rescue NSW, and Rural Fire Service officers extinguished the fire which police will allege came within 10 metres of homes.

Officers from Murrumbidgee Police District commenced inquiries resulting in the arrest of a 36-year-old man on McCudden Street, Griffith soon after.

He was taken to Griffith Police Station where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless to its spread.

He has been refused bail and will appear in Wagga Wagga Local Court tomorrow (Saturday 28 November 2020).

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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