Police are investigating the cause of a fire that tore through a Bullsbrook tattoo parlour early this morning.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) was called to Outback Ink tattoo parlour on Corvette Road in Bullsbrook just after 3 am.
It took firefighters about an hour to contain the blaze that reportedly caused almost $1 million in damage.
DFES Community Emergency Services manager for Swan Rik Mills said WA Police arson squad detectives were continuing their investigation this afternoon.
“The fire cause at this time has been determined as suspicious,” he said.
“Observations from initial crews determined the fire was well established on arrival and we have been unable to determine the cause fully at this time.
“At the moment, we have the WA Police arson squad with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services at the scene of a structure fire that occurred early in the hours of this morning around 3.16am and we are working with the owner to try and assert what the cause of the fire was.
“So we are currently investigating through the WA police to try and determine the cause.”
Mr Mills said DFES would pass the incident to WA police to determine the cause of the fire, which was blazing before emergency services arrived early on Thursday morning.
“We’re waiting on the arrival of the structural engineer to confirm the structural integrity of the building to ensure it is safe for people to enter to commence that investigation process properly.”
The incident comes after a string of five suspicious tattoo parlour fires across Perth between March and August last year.
Fires were lit in the early hours of the morning by unknown offenders causing significant damage to businesses in Baldivis, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Rockingham and Medina.
Mr Mills said there was no evidence at this time that indicated a link to these incidents.
“It’s too early to determine any affiliation with that at this time, but it is subject to investigation any links may be identified post investigation,” he said.
Investigations into the cause of the fire will continue over the day as the owners come to terms with the damage.
“It is a family business, so they have asked for some privacy during this time,” Mr Mills said.
Police urge anyone who was in the area around at the time of the fire who may have witnessed suspicious activity or have dashcam footage of the incident to come forward.
Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.