Expose SMS & # 39; and & # 39; teen arson as responsible & # 39; for a furious forest fire that forced hundreds of terrified residents to flee their homes
- Number of teenagers questioned by the police about a fire lit in Peregian Beach
- The police did not release any further details because the investigation is still ongoing
- One of the hardest hit areas on Sunshine Coast that was destroyed by bushfire on Monday
- Young people are said to have ignited fires in an online chat room
- Taskforce Overcross set up to investigate suspicious fires in Queensland
Facebook posts have exposed teenage firefighters as those apparently responsible for a furious forest fire in a beach town on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
The police have confirmed that they are speaking with a number of young people in connection with the fire that ripped through the region on Monday evening.
One of the hardest hit areas was Peregian Beach, where many residents were forced to flee their homes and spend the night in evacuation centers.
At least one house was destroyed because the fire continued to burn on Tuesday.
Peregian Beach Surf and Lifesaving Club warned the police of the potential arson after receiving a screenshot of a teenage chat room where the young people apparently confessed they had ignited the fires in an online chat.
Peregian Beach was one of the hardest hit areas on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland
& # 39; She lit a fire (sic), I took a little one out and it was over, then ***** a big one and thru (sic) did it all on the bush and put it all in, & # 39; posted one.
& # 39; You (sic) dead, & # 39; the other person answered.
Police have confirmed that Sunshine Coast investigators are investigating the cause of a fire that started on Monday in Bushland for the Cool Circuit in Peregian Springs.
& # 39; Investigators are talking to some teenagers about the issue, & # 39; said a statement.
A police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that they could not release further details because the investigation is still ongoing.
Peregian Beach Surf and Lifesaving Club also informed the public on the Facebook page on Monday evening that they had received a screenshot of the chat room message, which resulted in more than 1000 responses.
Facebook posts exposed teen arsonists who were allegedly involved in the ignition of a bushfire. A number of teenagers are now being interrogated by the police
The message was later deleted by an & # 39; unknown source & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We apologize to our followers for a message that was deleted by an unknown source last night and that was shared by more than 400 of you in Australia and to which more than 1000 people responded in their total aversion to what allegedly happened & # 39 ;, the club placed on Tuesday afternoon.
& # 39; The post discussed the fact that the police interviewed three teenagers who reportedly started the forest fires last night that cost some families their homes. & # 39;
Queensland Police has established Task Force Overcross to investigate suspect fires in the state.
A task force has been set up to investigate suspicious fires in Queensland
The fire continued to burn on Tuesday in Peregian Beach, destroying at least one house
& # 39; Taskforce Overcross will work proactively to prevent intentional or reckless lit fires, & # 39; said Commissioner Katarina Carroll.
& # 39; Some fires may be due to carelessness or a misunderstanding of the circumstances. However, it seems that other fires were intentionally lit with the intention of causing damage or worse. & # 39;
She urged the community to work with authorities to prevent fire and not to use equipment that could cause a fire.
& # 39; Anyone who starts a fire unintentionally or intentionally endangers lives and property & # 39 ;, said Commissioner Carroll.
& # 39; Arson is a very serious crime that can lead to life imprisonment and the police will ruthlessly investigate suspected fires. & # 39;
Meanwhile, the police have evacuated the residents of Peregian Beach who are desperate to return home to remain patient.
& # 39; We understand that everyone wants to return home – our officers work tirelessly with fire and Energex to make it safe for you & # 39 ;, said a police statement.
Many residents of Peregian Beach had to flee the beach town on Monday evening
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