Police say the Stewart Street home destroyed by fire was undergoing renovations. G125015

Police say the Stewart Street home destroyed by fire was undergoing renovations. G125015

ARSON squad detectives will visit Wonthaggi today (Tuesday) as police focus on the possible re-emergence of Wonthaggi’s serial arsonists.
Police say a fire gutted an unoccupied home in Stewart Street in the early hours of yesterday (Monday) morning.
The blaze was just metres away from another old home, on the corner of Stewart and Billson Streets, which has been left a vacant shell surrounded by temporary fencing since it was engulfed earlier this year.
And eight days earlier, a shed was destroyed by fire just one street away (Caledonian Crescent).
Wonthaggi Fire Brigade Captain Kim O’Connor said volunteers received assistance from Inverloch fire fighters when battling the latest blaze at 1.30am.
He said the task was made difficult due to the amount of asbestos present in the home.
Bass Coast Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) detective Liza Burrows confirmed Monday’s fire was deliberately lit after an arson chemist scoured the site early yesterday.
As was the case in most of the 16 fires linked to one serial offender or offenders earlier this year, she said the latest was ignited using available materials at the site.
“It looks like it is linked to the other fires,” Det Burrows said.
“Nothing is confirmed and investigations are ongoing.”
Det Burrows also said police weren’t ruling out the possibility the two incidents in the last fortnight were the work of a copycat fire bug.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.