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Bomaderry - house fire leads to murder charge

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A man has been charged with murder following the death of another man in an allegedly deliberately lit house fire at Bomaderry.

At around 10.40 Friday night, emergency services responded to reports, of a break-in and fire at a home on Leonard Street Bomaderry. Fire and Rescue NSW extinguished the blaze, which destroyed the home and a nearby vehicle, firefighters pulled a 49 year old man from the home and despite CPR attempts by paramedics, he died at the scene, a second occupant, an 18 year old man, was able to escape the home uninjured.

Following inquiries, investigators went to a home on the same street, and arrested a 26-year-old man at about 12.35pm Saturday. He was taken to Nowra Police Station and charged with murder and three counts of destroy or damage property. 

Police will allege in court that the man smashed a house window, before pouring petrol inside and setting it alight. The man was refused bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court via Audio Video Link today.

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