Another arson suspect charged in Australia

February 18th, 2009 - 3:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 18 (DPA) A second Australian was charged Wednesday with arson following forest fires north of Melbourne that claimed over 201 lives, razed 1,830 homes and left 7,500 homeless.
Police allege the 38-year-old man was spotted Tuesday throwing lighted cigarettes into dry grass near Myrtleford, where two people died in the Feb 7 blaze.

The fire brigade extinguished the fire and the man, whose name was withheld, was charged with two counts of arson.

Earlier this week a Melbourne court identified Brendan Sokaluk as the 39-year-old man charged over a forest fire in his hometown of Churchill that killed 21 people and burned out 36,000 hectares.

The former volunteer firefighter was remanded in custody to appear in May on charges of arson causing death and intentionally lighting a bushfire.

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