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27 August, 2021

Detectives seeking witnesses to car fire

TABLELANDS detectives investigating a suspicious fi re that destroyed a white Mazda station wagon and caused extensive damage to the carport it was parked in around 5am last Sunday morning have urged the public to assist them with the matter.

By Michael Warren

The cause of a fi re which gutted Mareeba businesses, Hort St Café and Floral Magic remains undetermined.

TABLELANDS detectives investigating a suspicious fi re that destroyed a white Mazda station wagon and caused extensive damage to the carport it was parked in around 5am last Sunday morning have urged the public to assist them with the matter. 

Police have thrown the call out for any witnesses who saw anyone loitering or acting suspicious near or around the vehicle’s Strattmann St address in Mareeba between 12am to 6am on Sunday, August 15 to come forward and get in touch with them. 

Additionally Police have also encouraged anyone with any CCTV footage of the surrounding area during the same timeframe to also get in contact. 

“At this stage we have spoken to a number of persons of interest, however there have been no charges, and our investigations are ongoing in relation to this matter,” Detective Senior Sergeant and Officer-in-Charge of the Tablelands CIB Brett Devine told The Express. 

Meantime, local detectives continue to investigate the cause of a fi re that ripped through both Hort St Café and Floral Magic on July 23. 

“Based on current investigations we’re still not in a position to determine and definitively rule if the cause of the fi re was either completely accidental, or a deliberate act,” Mr Devine said. 

“At this time we haven’t spoken to anyone of interest regarding this matter.” 

Mr Devine also emphasised that all three recent fires in Mareeba – the Performance Motors workshop fire on June 29, the Hort St and Floral Magic blaze on July 23 and the Strattman St car and garage fire on August 15 are not linked.

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