NSW Police believe a dispute over a $200 parking fine is behind a deliberate arson attack that destroyed the Liverpool council chambers seven years ago.
More than 80 firefighters battled to control the blaze which started in the council chambers about 12:35pm on August 15, 2010.
Detective Superintendent Murray Chapman said the building’s intruder alarms were triggered shortly before the fire, leading police to believe more than one offender was involved.
“The destruction of this public facility was an act of stupidity and the public and local community should be outraged,” he said.
“The persons responsible should not be protected from the damage they’ve caused to this facility.”
The fire caused about $27 million in damage and gutted the building.
Detectives from the Property Crime Squad’s arson unit recently received new information that suggests a dispute over a parking fine motivated the arson attack.
A coronial investigation failed to identify any suspects but Detective Superintendent Chapman said he believed there were people in the community who knew what happened.
“I think that there’s people out there that know the offenders … and know they are responsible for lighting this fire,” he said.
“Don’t protect these people … it was an absolute outrageous act of stupidity and these people should be punished.”
Police were examining records of council-issued fines around the time of the fire and said they hoped that would yield fresh leads in the case.
Anyone with information is being urged to come forward.