Alex Haddad pictured outside the house earlier this year. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Alex Haddad, the actor who starred in the SBS television series Fat Pizza, has no doubt that someone is targeting him.
On Sunday night, a thief broke into his investment property on Lane Cove Road in Ryde and stole an estimated $15,000 worth of equipment he was storing there, he says.
Haddad, who has also featured in the television series Underbelly and Packed to the Rafters, was still seething from that robbery when he received a phone call from a distressed neighbour late on Monday night.
Alex Haddad claims the fire was a "targeted attack". Photo: Peter Rae
There had been an explosion, and his single-storey house, the same one targeted in the robbery the previous night, was burning.
"Whoever did it, obviously it was a targeted attack. That's pretty clear to everybody," Haddad told Fairfax Media on Tuesday.
"I can't believe it. It's a bad nightmare. The night before, my stuff gets stolen, and the night after the house is on fire."
Mr Haddad removes items from the destroyed home. Photo: Peter Rae
Asked if he had any idea who might want to target him, Haddad responded: "There are a couple of people, but that's with the detectives." He refused to elaborate any further.
Detectives have launched an investigation into the robbery and the blaze, which destroyed 80 per cent of the single-storey home about 11.30pm on Monday. Police say the fire was deliberately lit, and forensic officers were combing through the ruins on Tuesday to try to determine the cause of the blaze.
Fire and Rescue NSW spokesman Paul Johnson said firefighters arrived within eight minutes of the emergency call on Monday night to find the house well alight.
A total of 20 firefighters on five fire engines battled the blaze.
"It was extinguished with three of our hose lines. There were no occupants inside, and 80 per cent of the property was destroyed by fire," Mr Johnson said.
Haddad said while his house was insured, the contents he was storing there were not. On top of the $15,000 worth of property, including video equipment and his saxophone, which he lost in the theft, he estimates that between $60,000 and $70,000 worth of his belongings were destroyed in the fire.
Haddad said the tenant who lived in the house was celebrating her birthday and was not at home on the night of the fire. The tenant's cat, however, was inside and is believed to have died in the blaze.
"That's the sad thing," Haddad said.
"I don't know what I'm going to do just yet. I'm going to let the detectives do their work, see what the insurance says, and hopefully we can find some accommodation for the tenant as well.
"All my working gear is gone, I can't do anything now. I had a studio and I was in the process of buying another place and I was going to move everything there, so I've been in the transition process. Now I've got nothing to move in there."
Late on Monday night, an angry Haddad tweeted that someone had broken into his home and would be "caught".
"To the thief that broke into my house last night,we know who the suspect is.dumb f***s it will be all be investigated,u will be caught.#cctv," he tweeted.
He said on Tuesday that he did not know who had broken in, and had been merely hoping someone would respond to his tweet.
In November last year, Haddad told Fairfax Media that he had learned the hard way that managing his own investment property could result in a lot of hassle.
A landlord since 2007, he had once allowed tenants who were introduced to him by friends to move in, he said.
However he claimed that when the tenants left, owing six months' rent, they damaged the house and most of the furniture.
There is no suggestion those tenants were responsible for this week's break-in or fire.
Police have urged anyone with information about the blaze to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.