Police investigating deliberately lit school fire, Lilydale

Police are investigating after a fire at Lilydale District School was found to be deliberately lit yesterday afternoon.

Members from Lilydale Fire Brigade were called to the scene about 5:35pm, and extinguished a burning tree stump before it could spread.

It was determined the fire had been deliberately lit, and police will proceed against three youths under the Youth Justice Act 1997.

They will also be proceeded against for some other damage caused at the school.

Sergeant Gavin Chugg said police will continue to work closely with the Tasmania Fire Service to prosecute those responsible for any deliberately lit fires, or lighting fires on total fire ban days.

“If it weren’t for the swift action of fire crews, this could have spread to the surrounding grass areas or school buildings,” he said.

“Anyone with information about this incident should contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers Tasmania at crimestopperstas.com.au.”

“You can stay anonymous.”