Hundreds Of Fish Perish In Pet Shop Blaze
Thousands of dollars worth of tropical fish have perished in an arson attack on a pet shop.
Fire crews raced to the Greater Western Highway business inn Emu Plains, Sydney just before 10 on Monday, finding a small working fire inside and masses of smoke.
The fire was quickly upgraded to a second alarm prompting the arrival of eight more fire trucks.
Within half an hour crews had the fire extinguished and had protected neighbouring businesses, but the O’fishal Pet Shop was destroyed and its hundreds of tank-dwellers didn’t survive.
According to the shop-owners, one tank of fish was worth $10,000 alone.
Initial investigations suggest someone broke into the shop, smashed the aquariums and set it alight.
Police and fire investigators have spent the morning inspecting the property for possible ignition points to determine how it started.
This area of Emu Plains has become accustom to fires, this is just one of a string of arson attacks on that shopping strip in recent years.
In February, a hairdresser two shops down from the pet shop was found engulfed in flames, damaging the business next door as well.
It was first thought an electrical fault sparked the blaze, but in July police ruled out that theory believing it was deliberately lit.
Reportedly, the salon was owned by Karissa-Leigh Loveridge, cousin of Kieran Loveridge - Thomas Kelly’s one-punch killer and alleged Lone Wolf associate.
Police are now probing links to a possible bikie feud.
In 2016, O’Donoghue's pub on the corner was the subject of an arson attack which injured one man and killed another.
Harley McKenna, died in Royal North Shore Hospital after he and his mate Scott Keighran allegedly threw a bucket of petrol through the pub’s broken window and set fire to it.
Both men were injured in the explosion.
Keighran an alleged Rebels bikie was charged with arson and manslaughter.
In that incident, fire crews spent 45 minutes containing the blaze that police alleged was in retribution for the pair being kicked out of the hotel a few nights earlier.