Police investigations into the cause and circumstances of the Pinery bushfire have concluded, with officers confirming the fire was started by a car battery sparking with a wire fence.
The Pinery Task Force, established by SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, pinpointed the area of fire origin to a very discreet point in a paddock in Pinery, where the only ignition source could have been the battery.
“The investigation has not revealed any person to have been present at the property at the time the fire started,” SA Police said in a statement.
“There are no charges being considered against any person as the cause of the fire is not believed to be from any criminal act.”
The Pinery fire started on November 25, 2015, and burnt through over 82,500 hectares across the Lower Mid North of SA.
The fire also claimed the lives of two Mid North locals – Pinery’s Allan Tiller, 69, and Hamley Bridge’s Janet Hughes, 56.
Police said they are still in the process of preparing a report for the coroner “due to the comprehensive nature of the report”.