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Site suspicion

13 Jul 2017

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Police are appealing to witnesses following two separate incidents at a disused Clarke St warehouse.

The first incident occurred on June 30, which resulted in a 34-year-old man being charged for allegedly setting a 33-year-old man on fire following an argument between the pair.

Ambulances arrived at the disused Clarke St building just before 1pm on June 30 and the victim was taken to hospital.

He was in hospital under police guard, suffering non-life threatening injuries.

The 34-year-old man and another 33-year-old man were arrested at the scene.

The 34-year-old was charged with intentionally causing serious injury, conduct endangering life and other assault-related charges.

A suspicious fire at the same location on July 6 followed this incident.

Emergency services were called to the warehouse just after 6.30am after neighbours noticed smoke emitting from the single story building.

Victoria Police released a statement that it believed no one was inside the premises at the time of the blaze and an arson chemist would investigate the scene.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and a crime scene guard will remain at the site.

Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

The site in question is the subject of the controversial Elysium development, which was put on the market last year with an approval for a 74-storey mega-tower.

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