ARSON CHARGE OVER MIDDLETON FIRE STATION

Local fire fighter to face court

ARSON CHARGE OVER MIDDLETON FIRE STATION
A local man has been charged with arson over the weekend's Middleton Fire Station blaze.

Kingston CIB have charged a 28 year old man from Middleton with the attempted arson of the Middleton Fire Station on Saturday 1st July 2017 and the arson of the Middleton Fire Station on Saturday 8th July 2017.

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has confirmed the man, who will appear in court on the 21st August 2017, is a volunteer member of the Middleton Volunteer Fire Brigade and has been suspended from duty after today's charges.

 

Tas Police have appealed to the public to help as "arson can have a devastating effect on the community and people are reminded to be vigilant".

Any suspicious behaviour can be reported to Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at crimestopperstas.com.au or phone 1800 333 000.

TFS says the man's suspension was immediate "given the severity of the charges" and "he will be suspended from duty pending the outcome of the court process."

The official TFS statement also said " this is a difficult and disappointing time for the Middleton community, the dedicated members of the Middleton Fire Brigade and our wider TFS community and we will provide every support possible to those affected."

More than 5000 volunteers and employees, from a diverse cross section of the community, represent local brigades and TFS say they "are committed to protecting life and property."

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