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Fire witness recalls ‘flames higher palm trees’

A home in Perth’s south that was broken into last week has now been destroyed by a suspicious fire.

Neighbours say they woke to flames and fire trucks on the Maddington street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“We came outside and there was flames higher than the palm trees and, oh my goodness, there was just fire everywhere,” neighbour Kayla Duperouzel said.

Neighbours say they woke to flames and fire trucks on the Maddington street in the early hours of Sunday morning.Neighbours say they woke to flames and fire trucks on the Maddington street in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Camera IconNeighbours say they woke to flames and fire trucks on the Maddington street in the early hours of Sunday morning.Picture: 7 News

“There was smoke everywhere.

“I was a bit scared.”

It took more than two hours to extinguish the blaze at the Westfield Street home.

Arson squad investigators are now trying to determine if the fire was deliberately lit.

“The fire started at the front of the house, but we haven’t been able to determine how or why yet,” DFES investigator Mark Hayes said.

Neighbours say they woke to flames and fire trucks on the Maddington street.Neighbours say they woke to flames and fire trucks on the Maddington street.
Camera IconNeighbours say they woke to flames and fire trucks on the Maddington street.Picture: 7 News

“It does seem a bit dodgy.

“(The home) is a complete write-off.”

Police have confirmed the same home was broken into last week, with copper piping stolen from inside the home.

According to 7 News, when fire crews arrived around 3.30am on Sunday, the front door to the home was open even though the home is vacant.

The investigation continues.

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