The first arrest.

Police have arrested a 39 year old man in connection with the blaze that killed 21 people and wiped out 36,000 hectares of South Gippsland. The man’s solicitor said his client was “in a fragile state” and needed immediate psychological support.

Police consider the cause of fires started at Marysville, Murrindindi, Buxton and Narbethong to be ‘suspicious’. If convicted of arson, he faces up to 25 years in jail. If convicted of the bushfire charge, he could face 15 years. 

There have been calls for calm from authorities concerned people might try to take revenge on people accused of starting the fires.

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