Hay, it looks like arson

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Police suspect arson is to blame for haystacks that went up in flames in Nar Nar Goon North on Sunday night.

It is believed up to 70 hay bales were set alight due to a grass fire on a rural property near Wilson Road, Nar Nar Goon North, about 9.50pm on 8 January.

Nine CFA crews rushed to the scene, which was initially categorised as a “burn off” incident, and had the situation under control by 10.10pm, with many hay bales burning throughout the night.

Detective Sergeant Phil Jury said police were treating the fire as suspicious.

“At this stage it is believed that it was set alight,” Det Sgt Jury said.

“The fire was near the fence line of the Nar Nar Goon North property not far from the roadway.

“We’re calling on any witnesses who may have seen anyone hanging around the area that day.”

The CFA advised residents that haystack fires were not likely to spread into grassland but could generate a fair amount of smoke as they continue to burn for some time.

Firefighters monitored and patrolled the fire overnight and one tanker remained on scene as a precaution in case the grass fire reignited through to Monday afternoon.

Anyone with any information has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to report information confidentially online at http://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Originally published at Pakenham Gazette.

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About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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