Police seek help finding arsonist
THIS is the man police say is the main suspect in a massive fire in Kempsey, which razed three buildings to the ground causing $1.8 million damage.
The fire, on November 28 last year, destroyed three businesses in the town, including auto repair store Beaurepaires, the Silver Dollar Saddlery and Kempsey Farmer’s Market.
An extensive three-month investigation into the blaze by Mid North Coast detectives has since established the fire was deliberately lit.
Investigators now hope the public can help them make a breakthrough in the case.
This week they released pictures of a man, captured by a closed circuit security camera in a nearby supermarket on the night of the fire.
The man has been placed at the scene shortly before smoke and flames were spotted in Belgrave Street at 8:05pm on Saturday, November 28.
The arson attack started with a pile of tyres set on fire in the yard of Beaureparies.
The flames quickly engulfed the tyre centre before spreading to two neighbouring businesses.
NSW Fire Brigades officers and members of the Rural Fire Service rushed to the scene fighting the fire for almost two hours before it was extinguished.
The man pictured in the images is described as being of white/European appearance, approximately 18 to 20 years of age and of a thin build.
At the time he was wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, a white ‘Fox Rider’ brand baseball cap and a pair of ‘Nike’ joggers.
Police have also released an image showing the design of the baseball cap worn by the man on the night of the incident. Anyone who has information about the fire, the identity and whereabouts of the man, or the clothes he’s wearing should contact Kempsey Detectives on 6563 7199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.