05.02.2019 at 20:53
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Real Estate Agency "Gutted" By Arson

Blayney agency Fenwick Realty has been the victim of 2 arson attempts. This one worked.

Fenwick Realty has a storefront office in a mixed-use building with tenants in the upper floors.

Late Sunday night, someone forcibly entered the office and torched it, endangering the tenants who live above.

Edwin Smith, licensee of the Fenwick Realty agency, said it was the second attempt in 2 weeks.

"Two weeks ago they sprayed kerosene through the front door and lit it, but it either went out or they were interrupted and all they did was damage the wall and carpet near the entrance."

He said a rock was used on Sunday to break the glass in the front door and gain access.

"They sprayed some kind of accelerant throughout the office and lit it.

"It’s completely gutted, melted computers and printers, carpet, reception desk all destroyed.

"Luckily [the tenants] heard the crash of the glass and then saw the flames and were able to call the emergency services and they weren’t hurt."

David Abercrombie, the officer in charge at Bathurst Police Station, said that forensic investigations are continuing.

"Forensic services group have conducted their investigations and have seized a number of things as evidence which will be further analysed."

Mr Smith said business will continue.

"I’ll be doing everything online and working out what to do, maybe open another office in town, but for now we’re working from home."

Anyone with information about the crime is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000. All information will be kept in strict confidence.

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