Police urge for vigilance

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Albany police have urged residents to be vigilant after a spate of fires across Albany in the past week.

Homes and property were under threat when a blaze which started near the intersection of Anson Road and Albany Highway was declared an Emergency by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services Monday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 1pm and burnt about five ha.

While another bushfire in King River which started near the intersection of Greatrex Road and Chester Pass Road was reported just after 1pm.

Both fires are contained and have been downgraded to an advice warning.

Acting detective senior sergeant Kris McDonald said inquiries have began but criminal intent was yet to be ruled out and urged the public to come forward with any information.

“We are seeking some community assistance, any witnesses that may have identified anything that they believe suspicious, to notify crime stoppers,” he said.

“I am determined to follow up with our inquiries and to determine whether or not there is criminality associated with these fires.

“We are looking at a number of areas where we believe the fire to have commenced (but) we haven’t determined if they are suspicious or anything yet.”

Sgt McDonald said investigations have not confirmed if the Monday fires were linked.

“We haven’t drawn on the inference that they are linked at this stage however they are in the proximity of one another,” he said.

The latest bushfires come after an abrupt blaze in Marbelup which burnt though 306ha of bush and farm land Wednesday last week.

The cause of the Marbelup fire is still undetermined.

Sgt McDonald also ruled out the possibility of the Marbelup fires been linked to the most recent series.

“I’m not linking them. It’s not within the close proximity it’s not within the proximity of the fires from yesterday within the Orana and Lower King area,” he said.

“The method of the fire commencing I don’t believe is similar in nature so I am not drawing an inference that those are linked.”

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