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‘Suspicious’ house fire at YouTuber Friendlyjordies’ Bondi home

Henri Scott

July 9, 2023

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Original Source: 9news.com.au, Savannah Meacham

The Sydney home of internet personality Jordan Shanks-Markovina, also known as YouTuber Friendlyjordies, has been targeted in an alleged arson incident.

Emergency services responded to reports of a house fire in Bondi just after midnight.

“When fire crews arrived they were confronted with significant fire activity,” Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said.

Friendlyjordies’ Jordan Shanks is believed to live at the home. (9News)

The blaze was quickly extinguished and no one was injured.

Police said the property was also hit without warning by another fire last Thursday.

Dewberry said the fire is being treated as “suspicious” and crews are looking at where and what started it.

“The cause and origin of this fire is being investigated by specialist investigators from police forensics and Fire and Rescue NSW.

Friendlyjordies’ Jordan Shanks-Markovina stands outside his home after the fire. (9News)

“That includes our dog that is trained to detect the use of any accelerants.”

Shanks-Markovina’s lawyer Xenophon Davis tweeted that his home was “firebombed” overnight.

“We hope that every possible police resource is dedicated today to securing evidence and intel,” the tweet read.

Police and firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. (9News)

Residents in the neighbourhood were shocked to see the home engulfed by flames.

“I just saw this big amber glow out the window around midnight and just had this gut feeling something was off,” resident Tim Robertson said.

“I came out to the front door and looked down and I saw flames shooting out the front door of the house,” another resident Lea Gamble said.

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