A 26-year-old Bayswater man has been charged with arson over the July 29 fire at Future Bayswater’s shed on Beechboro Road South.
Police allege that at about 1.20am that morning he entered the rear yard and set fire to the shed, causing around $40,000 of damage to property that was not insured.
He was also charged over slashing tyres of cars parked on the parallel street Avenell Road.
His total charges are one count of criminal damage by fire, five counts of criminal damage or destruction of property, and one count of disorderly behaviour in a police station.
Police say the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the fire or who’s had their tyres slashed should call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
In the days after the fire dozens of businesses and locals came forward with offers to help. FuBa chair Paul Shanahan says “the outpouring of help has been overwhelming”. They’re currently taking stock of what they need to replace and will reach out to helpers in a couple of weeks.
He praised the fieries, saying “it could have been a lot worse. It was just great that emergency services got out there and got it under control in 10 minutes”.