Police in South Australia are seeking the public’s help identifying a clumsy arsonist caught on camera setting his own foot on fire.
South Coast Police shared CCTV footage that shows two people behind a group of shops on Old South Road in Old Reynella about 3:20 a.m. Monday.
One of the men pours an accelerant alongside the building and ignites it, causing an explosion that temporarily blinded the security camera.
The camera comes back into focus as the suspect is seen running away with one of his own feet on fire.
Firefighters were summoned by nearby residents, who poured water on the flames until the department arrived to extinguish the blaze.
Damage to the stores was minimal, police said.
South Coast Police investigating an arson attack at a group of shops at Old Reynella yesterday morning, have released security vision capturing the incident that could have also injured the suspect.The CCTV vision of the incident shows two people at the rear of the shops on Old South Road at 3.20am on Monday 13 February .One male pours the accelerant on the premises and then ignites it. At the point of ignition an explosion occurs startling the suspect who runs from the fire, rolling under a fence with flames surrounding his lower leg and foot.Quick thinking local residents who heard the incident alerted the MFS and then tackled the blaze until fire crews arrived keeping the damage to a minimum. Police are seeking any information on the identity of the suspects shown in CCTV who also may have injured themselves in the incident. Anyone with information on the incident or persons who may have burns on their legs or clothing, are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at http://crimestopperssa.com.au – you can remain anonymous.
Posted by SA Police News on Monday, February 13, 2017