Mangerton unit door doused in accelerant and set on fire: police

Occupants of a Mangerton unit had a lucky escape on Thursday morning when the front door was doused in accelerant and set alight about 8.30am.

Wollongong police are investigating the fire, which happened at a block of public housing units on Myuna Way.

First reports had suggested the fire was started by a petrol bomb attack but Wollongong police Inspector Don Faulds said someone had doused a door in a flammable liquid and set it alight.

The Mercury understands there were people inside the unit when the fire started but they managed to escape unharmed.

“It was not a Molotov cocktail – nothing like that,” Inspector Faulds said.

“Someone just poured some sort of accelerant … and that damaged the front door to the unit,” he said.

“No-one was injured.

“It was quickly extinguished by local residents and the fire brigade. There was no evacuations.”

Police investigate an incident at Myuna Way in Wollongong. Picture: Adam McLean

Police investigate an incident at Myuna Way in Wollongong. Picture: Adam McLean

Wollongong detectives executed search warrants at two separate Myuna Way units later on Thursday, seizing several items. 

Inspector Faulds said detectives had a number of inquiries to follow. It was believed the parties involved were known to each other.

“I don’t know if it’s targeted or a one-off random thing,” he said.

No-one had been charged in connection with the fire, as at 5.30pm Thursday. 

The police investigation into the matter is ongoing. 

Contact Wollongong Police on 4226 7899 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to provide information that could assist. 

“It was not a Molotov cocktail – nothing like that,” Inspector Faulds said.

“Someone just poured some sort of accelerant … and that damaged the front door to the unit,” he said.

“No-one was injured.

“It was quickly extinguished by local residents and the fire brigade. There was no evacuations.”

Police execute a search warrant, Thursday afternoon. Sylvia Liber

Police execute a search warrant, Thursday afternoon. Sylvia Liber

Inspector Faulds said detectives had a number of inquiries to follow. It was believed the parties involved were known to each other.

“I don’t know if it’s targeted or a one-off random thing,” he said.

Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 to assist with the police investigation.