Suspicious boat fire in Whyalla Stuart

Residents at a Parfitt Street address woke to the sound of their boat on fire in the early hours of November 30.
Residents at a Parfitt Street address woke to the sound of their boat on fire in the early hours of November 30.

A family has woken in the nick of time after a boat located in their front yard was set alight over the weekend.

At 1.20am on Sunday morning, residents at a Parfitt Street address were woken by the sounds of the boat on fire.

They escaped the house without any injury and reported the fire to emergency services.

Two Metropolitan Fire Service units attended with eight firefighters wearing breathing apparatuses able to quickly extinguish the fire using a high pressure hose.

Firefighters then used a thermal imaging camera to check for any hot spots and deem the area safe.

A 12-foot aluminium and fibre-glass boat and trailer were destroyed by the fire however early intervention by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading.

Slight fire and heat damage was caused to the home’s roof guttering as well as the property’s garden, with damage estimated at about $12,000.

Police are treating the fire as suspicious and suspect it may be linked to two wheelie bin fires and the theft of electronic items from another boat on Jenkins Avenue earlier that night.

Police are seeking the help of the public and are appealing for anyone who may have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area in the moments leading up to the fire and immediately after, to contact police.

Police are particularly interested in speaking with the occupants of a white Holden sedan seen leaving the area around the time of the fire.

If you have any information that may assist, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.aU