Arson charges follow house fires

Teen to appear in court today

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 07:31 07/03/2014
Roslyn house fire
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SCENE INSPECTION: Fire and emergency services were called out to a fire on Weston Ave, Palmerston North.

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A Palmerston North teen is due to appear in court today charged with arson following two suspicious house fires in Roslyn.

Palmerston North Acting Detective Sergeant Shelley Ross said an 18-year-old was arrested about 4pm yesterday after the second house fire in the Palmerston North suburb this week.

The first fire occurred at the back of a Main St property that borders on Weston Ave shortly before midnight on March 4. The fire was lit in a shed to the rear of the property, destroying the shed and damaging fences and a garage on neighbouring properties.

Yesterday, about 2pm, firefighters were called to a nearby house on Weston Ave, where a house was set alight. A neighbour called the fire brigade, and firefighters were able to restrict the fire to the rear porch and laundry.

Fire investigators and police attended the fire and the youth was taken into custody a short time later.

He is due to appear in the Palmerston North District Court today charged with two counts of arson.

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