Yanchep house fire deliberate

The arson squad is investigating after a deliberately lit fire at a Zamia Rise home caused $400,000 damage.

ARSON squad detectives are seeking information to help their investigation into a house fire in Yanchep on Wednesday, March 1.

About 10.05am, WA Police and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services were called to a report of a fire at a home on Zamia Rise.

A police spokeswoman said the home was unoccupied at the time of the fire and arson Squad detectives were investigating the circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire.

She said the fire caused an estimated $400,000 damage to the home.

“Investigators would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Zamia Rise between 9.30am and 10.30am who saw any suspicious activity, persons or vehicles in the area,’’ she said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

Meanwhile, a man has been charged with a number offences after a man in what police said was a stolen Jaguar sedan evaded police on Saturday, March 4.

A police spokesman said police will allege the Jaguar sedan was stolen shortly after 3pm from a home in Bradman Dr, Butler where a burglary had occurred.

The spokesman said the vehicle was seen by police about 4pm in Desmond Pl, Rivervale.

“Police activated their lights and sirens but the vehicle failed to stop and travelled through the suburbs of Rivervale, Lathlain, Carlisle, Welshpool, Bentley, St James, Karawara, Kensington, Victoria Park and East Victoria Park,’’ he said.

“Police Air-wing followed the stolen vehicle from above.’’

He said police will also allege the driver drove in a dangerous manner.

After the vehicle lost a rear tyre the driver continued to drive on three tyres.

“Shortly after the stolen vehicle crashed into a power pole and a civilians vehicle on Shepperton Rd, East Victoria Park.

He said the occupants of the civilian vehicle were not injured.

“The driver and passenger of the stolen vehicle ran from the vehicle. “The driver was arrested and an extensive search of the area failed to locate the passenger.’’

A 20-year-old man of Camillo was due in the Perth Magistrates Court Sunday, March 5.

He was charged with aggravated burglary and commit, stealing, stealing a motor vehicle and driving recklessly, reckless driving to escape pursuit by police, failing to comply with a direction to stop, no authority to drive and driver failing to stop (property damage).

He said police would continue to identify and locate the passenger.