FIRE BUG: This man is being sought for questioning by Coffs Harbour detectives over a deliberately lit fire behind a local pub.
FIRE BUG: This man is being sought for questioning by Coffs Harbour detectives over a deliberately lit fire behind a local pub.

Help police identify fire bug

POLICE have renewed their appeal to the public to help identify this man, who is suspected of lighting a fire behind a Coffs Harbour pub last month.

The man was captured on security footage making repeated attempts to set fire to a pile of rubbish in the early hours of January 27, behind the Plantation Hotel.

The firebug is seen to walk into a yard behind the hotel and urinate, before igniting cardboard boxes and other papers left beside a recycling bin.

He fled the scene as the flames took hold, causing damage to a roller door and the building’s electrical wiring.

At one point flames threatened to spread to the hotel. The fire burned for almost half an hour before it was discovered by the Coffs Clarence police at 12.50am on Wednesday, January 27.

Detectives who were patrolling Cox Lane spotted smoke at the rear of the hotel and used a garden hose to extinguish the flames.

This week they released footage from the hotel in the hope of identifying the person pictured above, who they say can help them with the investigation.

He’s been described as being aged between 20 and 25 of white/European appearance with short dark hair.

At the time he was wearing a blue singlet with the Australian flag printed across the front, black and white stripped board shorts and white skate shoes.

The fire was lit after a night of Australia Day celebrations in Coffs Harbour, however the hotel had not been trading prior to the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or knows the man’s identity is urged to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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