Australian police blame drugs lab blaze for bushfire

Drug police in Australia have arrested a father and son who they suspect of starting a bushfire in a remote area of a national park, ABC reports.

They suspect the pair started the fire to destroy evidence of their drugs laboratories, which were hidden in a remote region of Blue Mountains National Park just east of Sydney. The bushfire destroyed 55 hectares of the park.

The charred remains of the laboratories were cordoned off today as detectives searched for evidence.

Police believe the men, who they accuse of making millions of dollars from the production of a drug known as ice, became aware that they were under police surveillance and decided to torch the labs.

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Man dies in Australia wildfires

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