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A West Australian police officer, whose use of an angle grinder allegedly ignited a bushfire which raged through the Perth hills district destroying 72 homes, has been charged.
The 56-year-old man who lives in the area, was charged by summons with carrying out an activity in the open air that causes or is likely to cause a bushfire.
The charges followed an investigation by the arson squad into allegations the Roleystone man's use of an angle grinder on a trailer set fire to grass and caused the blaze.
"We have contacted all family members and friends and we are pretty confident we will get hold of him," Inspector Munnee said.
"I believe he is just shattered and devastated and he's probably just taking time out to reflect on a few things."
He said he didn't think the officer would "contemplate the worst".
Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn't it?
72 homes were destroyed by this guys recklessness.
If only he took a few moments to stop and think about what he was doing, hundreds of people wouldn't have had to be evacuated.