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Wynnum man charged over spate of suburban fires

A 50-year-old Wynnum man has been charged over a spate of suspicious fires in the inner-Brisbane suburb of Highgate Hill on Wednesday night.

Emergency services were called to Franklin Street about 9.30pm to reports of a house fire, which was put out. But a short time later police were called to another fire on the same street at a house that was damaged extensively.

The rear of a brick unit complex on Hampstead Road, Highgate Hill, about a 20 minute walk from Franklin Street where the first fires were.

The rear of a brick unit complex on Hampstead Road, Highgate Hill, about a 20 minute walk from Franklin Street where the first fires were. Credit:Tony Moore.

A third fire was then reported at a unit complex on Hampstead Road, with cars parked beneath the building on fire.

Police said they would allege the man was responsible for the three fires and a fourth fire at a Boundary Road address in West End, where debris was set alight which spread to a nearby bin.

Police arrested the man and charged him with 12 offences, including five counts of arson of a motor vehicle, three counts of enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence and two counts each of endangering property by fire and arson of a structure or building.

No one was injured during the blazes.

The man will appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

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