A wooden clothing bin outside a Salvation Army store was set
alight in a suspicious fire early yesterday.
The Fire Service was called to the rear of the Princes St
store after a passer-by reported the fire shortly after 3am.
Southern Region fire safety officer Barry Gibson said the
destroyed wooden bin housed drop-off items for the store, and
the fire was being treated as being "deliberately lit".
No accelerants appeared to be used, he said.
The wall lining of the building was damaged and there was a
smell of smoke in the charity shop.
Several hours earlier, the Fire Service was called to put out
a fire in a wheelie bin, which was set alight in Tomahawk Rd,
shortly before midnight.
Mr Gibson said both fires were being treated as suspicious
and it was not known if they were related.
Acting Senior Sergeant Damion Rangitutia asked members of the
public who had seen anyone acting suspiciously in the areas
about the time to contact Dunedin police.