VIDEO | Arson Unit release CCTV as investigation continues into suspicious fire at Fairfield shops

Picture | Kernin Lambert

Picture | Kernin Lambert

Police have released images of a man as they continue to investigate a suspicious fire which destroyed six shops in Fairfield late last year.

About 9.30pm on Tuesday, December  6 2016, police from Fairfield Local Area Command and emergency services responded to reports of a building fire at Ware Street, Fairfield.

Fire fighters from NSW Fire & Rescue battled to bring the blaze under control, and it was extinguished about 2.30am on Wednesday, December 7. The fire caused significant damage to several businesses and significant disruption to surrounding businesses.

Almost 70 firefighters from 20 Fire and Rescue NSW stations as far away as Botany worked for five hours to extinguish the blaze.

“The fire was extremely fast moving. It developed very rapidly and spread quickly,”  Fire and Rescue NSW duty commander for Parramatta, Inspector Kernin Lambert said.

“With a fire like that the potential for destruction is immense.

“If we hadn’t been successful in stopping it the entire block could’ve been burnt out.”

A crime scene was established and examined by specialist forensic officers.

Destroyed: The aftermarth of the Ware Street fire on Monday. In all, five shops were burnt. Picture: Anna Warr

Destroyed: The aftermarth of the Ware Street fire on Monday. In all, five shops were burnt. Picture: Anna Warr

It is believed the fire started in Spencer Lane, behind Ware Street, and was targeted at one or more of the affected small businesses.

Detectives from the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit are investigating the fire under Strike Force Evens, and are examining possible links to commercial building fires at Enmore and Liverpool.

As their inquiries continue, strike force investigators have released CCTV of a man who they believe may be able to assist with inquiries.

He is depicted as being between 170cm and 180cm tall, and having a slim build. He is wearing a dark jacket, shorts, and sneakers.

No one is believed to have been injured.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ 

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