Police have responded to 17 fire related incidents in the Mount Isa region during 2018.
Ten fires were deliberately lit, destroying or causing significant structural damage to buildings and have been investigated as arson offences.
Offenders have been identified for only five of the 10 offences and those matters have been solved.
Acting Detective Inspector Dave Barron said arson can be difficult and testing to solve and public assistance can be vital in identifying the important pieces of the puzzle.
“There are many occasions when seemingly innocuous information, provided by neighbours or witnesses, has changed the course of investigations and solved the most difficult matters,” he said.
Detectives are continually reviewing unsolved criminal files and these remain active until suspects are identified and matters are solved.
Structural fires that occurred at 35 Deighton Street on 11/8/18, 3 Kaeser Road on 10/8/18, 9 Kyrie Avenue on 7/6/18 and 23 Corbould Street on 13/3/18 are of particular interest to investigators at this time.
Information is sought from any member of the public who can assist with these investigations.
Acting Detective Inspector Dave Barron said a dedicated investigative arm has been tasked to review these fires and cross-reference physical and forensic evidence.
“The detectives assigned with this responsibility are experienced, tenacious and motivated to identify and prosecute offenders,” he said.
“There are also ten outstanding arson offences which were committed during 2017 in Mount Isa.”
Fires that are deliberately lit cause considerable cost to victims and the community.
“The cost impacts all members of the community and detectives will continue to pursue these matters using all available specialist forensic capabilities,” Acting Detective Inspector Barron said.
“Mount Isa is a fantastic place to live and community spirit is strong, as a community, we all play a role in determining what we take as acceptable.”
“I encourage everyone to know their neighbours and routines within their neighbourhoods and report any concerning or suspicious activity to police.
“I can assure you that any information provided to the Mount Isa Criminal Investigation Branch will be received respectfully and with great appreciation,” he said.