Police get 'strong leads' in bike shop fire probe

LISMORE detectives are following up several new leads in relation to the fire at Dirt Squirt Motorcycle Centre in Lismore in March this year.

Detective Sergeant Shane Diehm said a number of strong lines of inquiry were being pursued and more people would be interviewed in the next few days as part of the ongoing investigation.

“I am confident that new leads being followed by detectives will prove positive,” Det Sgt Diehm said.

“Police seriously encourage any person with knowledge of the fire to come forward and speak to investigators.”

The destructive fire on March 9 at the motorcycle shop in Three Chain Road, South Lismore, is being treated as suspicious.

The blaze destroyed 80 per cent of the motorcycle, parts and accessories showroom and workshop.

Fire crews arrived at the scene about 4am and it took five hours to extinguish the blaze, with tyres and motorcycle products helping to fuel the fire.

Firefighters were able to save the exhaust workshop at the rear of the building.

Dirt Squirt Motorcycle Centre owner John Rose was away at the time of the fire, but rushed back to Lismore.

Mr Rose said he had been blamed by some people for starting the fire and suggestions it was an 'insurance job' were hurtful and unfounded.

Mr Rose and his family, with the help of local businesses and family members, have opened a new motorcycle centre in Union Street, South Lismore.

Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant they believe that information may be, should call Lismore Police on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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