Arson charge after huge Wellington blaze

A 34-year-old man has been charged with arson over a huge fire that destroyed part of a Wellington storage facility.

The Kiwi Self Storage building in Lyall Bay went up in flames on Friday two weeks ago, destroying and damaging items stored there.

Police this morning said they had arrested a Johnsonville man yesterday afternoon.

He will appear in the Wellington District Court today charged with arson.

Officers had searched the man's property and seized a car believed to be relevant to the investigation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Ferguson said an investigation team had been engaging with the community and collecting evidence and information.

An alleged offender was also captured on CCTV footage at the storage unit and appeared to have changed clothing to avoid detection.

"It is pleasing to be able provide the large number of victims who have lost many valuable items, both in the monetary and sentimental sense, with the reassurance that someone will be held accountable for this arson," Mr Ferguson said.

Police were still seeking sightings of a light blue 1994 Daihatsu Charade which was in the suburbs of Johnsonville and Kilbirnie, particularly around the storage unit, between 12am and 1am on Friday, April 4.

"We continue to seek the public's assistance with this investigation as I believe they will hold valuable information about the movements of the offender on the night of the fire," Mr Ferguson said.


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