Police have arrested a Sydney man following his attempt to threaten firefighters with an axe while they were trying to control the fire destroying his house.
The man was arrested on Northern Beaches, Sydney. His house in Alexander Road in Whale Beach was ablaze just after 2am on Friday. Emergency services were called to the spot instantly to bring the situation under control. While the firefighters were struggling to extinguish the fire, the man threatened them, wielding an axe. As a result, the emergency crew members had to stop working.
They immediately called the police. The officers arrested the man and took him to Chatswood Police Station. Police confirmed the man confronted the emergency crew with an axe. According to reports, he has been cooperating with the police in the inquiry.
The firefighters resumed work after the arrest of the Sydney man and continued to make efforts to save the building but they failed to do so. Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer confirmed that a weatherboard property burnt down completely, prompting the service members’ failed attempt.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. However, the police have been working to find out the reason for the building catching fire.
News.com.au reported that the day had been a busy one for firefighters as they required stopping fire at three other houses across Sydney. At one of the incidents, a man, 70, was admitted to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. He reportedly escaped the fire that caught his house in Avalon, which is also located in the northern beaches the same night.
Police have made the spot a crime scene that the firefighters will visit on Friday.
The 56-year-old Sydney man who attacked the firefighters has been charged with being armed with an intention of obstructing the fire brigade. The ABC stated that he was refused bail and is due to appear at Hornsby Local Court on Friday.