Additional charges over unit fires - Wollongong

Tuesday, 16 November 2021 11:20:24 AM

A man will face court today after he was charged over suspicious fires in Wollongong earlier this year.

About 1am on Saturday 26 June 2021 and about 2.30am on Tuesday 13 July 2021, emergency services were called to a unit complex on Bligh Street after reports mattresses were alight in a common stairwell.

Officers from Wollongong Police District have been told a person was seen leaving the complex shortly after both the fires started.

Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the fires, which police will allege were deliberately lit. The complex sustained minor smoke and water damage.

Following extensive investigations, detectives attended a Bligh Street address and arrested a 20-year-old man about 9.50am on Friday 13 August 2021.

He was taken to Wollongong Police Station where he was charged with destroy property in company use fire and remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, the man was charged with additional offences including two counts of damage property with intent to endanger life and two counts of damage property with intent to injure person.

The Wollongong man was refused bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court today (Tuesday 16 November 2021).