Volunteer firefighter suspended and charged with arson in Middleton

A volunteer firefighter has been charged with arson and suspended from duty.

The 28-year-old will face court on arson and attempted arson charges, relating to a blaze that destroyed Middleton Fire Station in the state’s south at the weekend.

“The man is a volunteer member of the Middleton Volunteer Fire Brigade,” a Tasmania Fire Service statement said. 

“Given the severity of the charges he will be suspended from duty pending the outcome of the court process.

“We appreciate this is a difficult and disappointing time for the Middleton community, the dedicated members of the Middleton Fire Brigade and our wider TFS community and we will provide every support possible to those affected.”

Tasmania Police also issued a statement on Tuesday, confirming Kingston CIB had charged the man.

He will appear in court on August 21.

“Arson can have a devastating effect on the community and people are reminded to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at crimestopperstas.com.au or phone 1800 333 000,” the police statement said.