Police hunt Tawa firebugs following arson
JODY O'CALLAGHAN AND TIM DONOGHUE
One person has been arrested in relation to a suspicious fire in Tawa.
Porirua police and fire safety officers are investigating two suspected arsons on Roberts St, where two bedsits have been set alight in the past week.
Detective Senior Sergeant Scott McGill, who is heading the investigation, said one person was in custody after being arrested in relation to last week's fire at 7 Roberts St.
"I can confirm that the latest bedsit fire is a suspicious fire. We are still working on the scene investigation," Mr McGill said.
No arrests had yet been made over the latest fire, also at 7 Roberts St.
Inspector Ken Climo of police central communications said police were called to the address about 9pm last night and found it well alight.
Central fire communications shift manager Jan Wills said four fire trucks attended the fire.
Police were investigating the two properties today.
Roberts Street residents said they were concerned about arsons.
Albert Rangi said a house at 9 Roberts Street, which was empty following the death of a resident, went up in smoke unexpectedly earlier this year.
He said the shell of the adjoining bedsits would also be targeted by arsonists.
"If they don't come back with a bulldozer it will go up again. They need to knock that place (the dual bedsits) down," Mr Rangi said.
John Symonds, 70, a chef, said he saw a group of kids near the burnt shell of the first bedsit yesterday afternoon.
"It looks like these kids are biking around targeting empty houses. The empty houses in the neighbourhood are just going up in flames," Mr Symonds, said.
Mr Haronga, a grandfather, 50, had two grandchildren living with him in his house.
"I've lived here for 30 years. Sadly if there is anything empty in this area the kids will torch it. It's very concerning for all of us," Mr Haronga said.
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