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Police are seeking help from the public after they established that a Murwillumbah house owned by a church charity was deliberately set alight on Monday (July 23).

About 7am NSW Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire at 1/19 Dorset Street, Murwillumbah.

They arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the unoccupied house and forced entry via the front door.

No one was injured and fire damage was mainly confined to the lounge room, however the entire house suffered extensive smoke and heat damage.

Police investigations have established that an accelerant of some kind had been used.

The property is owned by Anglicare Australia and there are no apparent signs of forced entry other than by fire fighters.

A 53-year-old male from Murwillumbah has been assisting police with their enquires and they are seeking information from members of the public who may have witnesses any suspicious behaviour around this location on or before July 23.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.


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