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Man charged after series of alleged arson incidents across Melbourne



A 29-year-old man has been arrested and charged after a series of alleged arson incidents in Melbourne

Police arrested James McArdle in Cairns on Saturday after Victoria Police issued an arrest warrant last month.

Investigators will apply for his extradition to Melbourne later today.

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McArdle is expected to face 17 charges including seven counts of arson, unlawful assault and commit indictable offence while on bail.

Police allege a number of offences were committed in December, including one in which a man poured spirits onto a bag of aerosol cans at the entrance to a business on Mercantile Place in Melbourne about 6.30pm on December 22.

McArdle will be interviewed in relation to seven further fires.

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