Company director who started massive fire lit the blaze when his WIFE was ...

Company director who started massive fire that caused $5.5million in damage lit the blaze when his WIFE was inside the building - as he's jailed for eight years Scott Gregory Stirling, 41, found guilty of arson in Brisbane District Court Court heard he set fire to the factory in Virginia while his wife was inside Damage cost $5.5 million, with Mr Stirling to serve eight years for blaze

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 03:25 GMT, 2 December 2020 | Updated: 03:25 GMT, 2 December 2020

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A man who caused millions of dollars in damages when he set fire to a factory in the hope of getting an insurance payout has been sentenced to eight years jail.

More than 100 firefighters and 24 trucks fought the blaze started by Scott Gregory Stirling, 41, at his wife's car repair premises in the Brisbane suburb of Virginia on September 24, 2017.

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It tore through another four businesses, causing about $5.5million of damage in total. Mr Stirling's wife Amanda was also inside the factory when it was deliberately set alight.

Crown prosecutor Brendan White said the offence was one of the 'worst examples of arson' because of the damage caused and the risk to lives, including the firefighters.

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