Two 13-year-old boys have been charged after a fire spread and devastated an abandoned building in Surry Hills in central Sydney.
Emergency services and Sydneysiders watched as the fire engulfed the brick Randle Street building just after 4pm on May 25.
The fire was so intense that the building’s brick facade collapsed onto the street below, and radiant heat melted the windows of parked cars and nearby high-rise buildings.
With smoke blanketing the CBD, it took more than 100 Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters with specialized equipment to put out the blaze. Two neighboring buildings were so badly damaged that they had to be demolished.
A lengthy police investigation ensued, and on Wednesday police issued court hearings against two 13-year-old boys on charges of destroying property by fire, being escorted and entering fenced-in properties without a lawful excuse.
One of the boys was also charged with shoplifting at a grocery store on Elizabeth Street on the same day the fire broke out.
Both boys have to face the children’s court on October 4th.
The charge was brought by the NSW Police Strike Force Strontium, made up of detectives from the Arson and Financial Crimes and FRNSW Investigative Unit.