Victoria tobacco store fire: CCTV shows man setting shop alight

Insane moment an arsonist sets fire to a tobacco store in Victoria causing $1MILLION in damage

  • CCTV showed the man smashing the front window before spraying accelerant 
  • Fire caused an estimated $1million worth of damage after tearing through shop
  • Police have now released an image of the man who started the fire in the store 

A mysterious man dressed in all break has been captured dousing a tobacco store in petrol in the middle of the night before letting the room ablaze.

CCTV shows the man on January 8 smashing the shop’s front window before spraying fuel around the store in Ballarat in Victoria with a plastic can and bottles. 

The fire caused an estimated $1million worth of damage after tearing through the store.

Police have now released an image of the man who was armed with a hammer, knife and jerry can.

Police need the public's help to identify an arsonist caught on camera torching a tobacco shop

Police need the public’s help to identify an arsonist caught on camera torching a tobacco shop

The fire caused an estimated $1million worth of damage after tearing through the store

The fire caused an estimated $1million worth of damage after tearing through the store

However, he also managed to set himself on fire after setting the tobacco store alight.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to battle the flames, which also damaged surrounding businesses.

Now, police are calling on witnesses to come forward after failing to make a breakthrough over a nine month investigation.

Detective Inspector Michael Phyland of Victoria Police western region said the ‘significant fire’ could have killed someone. 

‘The store targeted had only been open for three months and a total of five stores were impacted,’ Inspector Phyland told the Herald Sun.

‘The fire also had the potential to kill or seriously injure someone had they been in the vicinity.

Detective Inspector Michael Phyland of Victoria Police western region said the 'significant fire' could have killed someone

Detective Inspector Michael Phyland of Victoria Police western region said the ‘significant fire’ could have killed someone

Now, police are calling on witnesses to come forward after failing to make a breakthrough over a nine month investigation

‘I’d ask people to look at this footage and image and if you recognise the man, or if you have any other information about the fire, then we ask you to come forward and contact police.’

The footage was recovered from the store’s hard drives linked to the CCTV system, which were burnt in the fire.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police immediately.

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