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Investigation launched after fire hits one South Hedland property three times in a month

Xander Sapsworth-CollisNorth West Telegraph
The first fire at the home on Corbet Place on July 17.
Camera IconThe first fire at the home on Corbet Place on July 17. Credit: Xander Sapsworth-Collis/North West Telegraph

South Hedland detectives have launched an investigation after fires struck the same property three times within one month.

The North West Telegraph reported on house fires in Corbet Place on July 17 and 18 which happened two times in one night.

The same property was on fire again on Sunday, August 13, with emergency services responding to the scene.

A DFES spokesperson said the fire was reported by a local resident at 4.30pm.

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“We sent crews from South Hedland and Port Hedland volunteer fire and rescue service,” they said.

“It was extinguished quickly, by about 5.05pm they were able to contain it, and by 5.50pm it was fully extinguished.”

The DFES spokesperson confirmed police attended the scene.

South Hedland detectives launch an investigation after three fires to the same property in one month
Camera IconSouth Hedland detectives launch an investigation after three fires to the same property in one month. Credit: Xander Sapsworth-Collis/North West Telegraph

A South Hedland detective spokesperson said given the “strange” coincidence a new investigation had been launched into the cause of the blaze.

The spokesperson said they weren’t ruling out any cause for the fire and it was still under investigation.

The initial fires to the house were investigated and were deemed to be non-suspicious.

The spokesperson said a few members of the public had pointed out some “odd” circumstances but detectives hadn’t determined foul play was involved and the fire could have other causes.

At the time of the first fires in July, a DFES spokesperson said it was not unusual for a house fire to reignite after being extinguished.

“When there is that much heat in any structure a reignition can occur,” they said.

The initial fire was contained by 7.15pm on July 17 but emergency services were recalled to the scene at 4.15am on July 18 after the fire had reignited in the house.

The second blaze was contained by emergency service personnel early in the morning with no serious injuries occurring from either incident.

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