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Man arrested over NSW teen’s 1998 death

A man has been arrested in Queensland over the alleged murder of a teenage boy in inner Sydney 24 years ago who was injured in a fire that led to his death.

Arthur Haines, 13, was sleeping at a friend’s home and became trapped on the top floor as the fire took over the building at Waterloo on April 9, 1998.

The boy managed to escape but was severely burned and died 11 weeks later at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

The fire was ruled deliberate lit – but the case remained unsolved until homicide detectives re-opened the case in 2020.

Their investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for a 55-year-old man who was believed to be interstate.

Queensland homicide detectives arrested him at a Brisbane home on Wednesday.

Their NSW counterparts will apply to extradite him to NSW at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.

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