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Man arrested over Wellington fires

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/10/2016

A man has been arrested over a series of suspicious fires lit across central Wellington.

Police say the 47-year-old was taken into custody after allegedly being caught in the middle of an burglary on Tuesday morning, only to also charge him with arson over a series of fires on the same day.

Another fire, in which a couch was set ablaze on the porch of a home on Nairn Street, extensively damaging the house, is still being investigated.

The residents managed to evacuate before firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze at about 2am on Tuesday.

Between 4am and 6am police also responded to six rubbish bin fires around Ghuznee, Taranaki and Marjoribanks Streets and Courtenay Place.

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