Residents evacuated after cars set alight on Derby Street

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25 residents had to be evacuated from a unit block in Penrith this morning after three vehicles were set on fire in the complex’s car park.

The cars were destroyed in the incident.

Police and fire fighters were called to the building on Derby Street about 2.20am.

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There were no injuries, however the building suffered some smoke damage.

Fire crews were forced to use a power saw to cut through garage doors to reach the cars that had been set alight.

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Police from Penrith Local Area Command are conducting inquiries into the incident. A crime scene has been established which will be examined by forensic specialists.

Any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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  • Mary Pears

    There has been an arsonist around this area and Lemongrove for at least three years. Numerous cars have been destroyed in this time including mine. Numerous fires have been lit in unit blocks around the area, vacant houses have been destroyed. What will it take before something constructive is done find this person. Will lives have to be lost before something is done. Time to get serious I think.

    • Brooke Sanders

      Yes I completely agree! About a year and a half ago, two cars were set alight in my unit block, and a few months after that there was another car and the garbage area down the street was lit up.

    • Bells Ballerum

      I was on Haynes St for 6 years (lucky enough to have an individual locked garage) and i full agree that the police dont care, they dont patrol lemongrove. Even that little heritage listed house adjacent to the shops is gone. I lost count of how many there were in 2014/2015

  • Bells Ballerum

    When are you going to catch them? This has been going on for years already and you’re lucky no one has died yet. Is that what it will take for the police to take this seriously?