A teenager has been arrested over a spate of fires in vacant houses in Melbourne's outer east.
The 17-year-old boy is expected to be charged with seven counts of criminal damage by arson, to appear before the Children's Court, a police spokeswoman said.
Police allege he set fire to two vacant houses and some large recycling bins in Bayswater between May 23 and June 8.
Radio station 3AW has been told of at least eight houses affected by arson in the Bayswater area in recent weeks.
A caller to the radio station, “Andrew”, told 3AW he was “terrified” after a vacant house he owned was one of those damaged.
"We purchased the house with a view to relocate it and ... it was broken into a couple of times, so I put some additional security around and the night of [June 2] a house at the beginning of the street was set on fire," he said.
“Andrew” said he was told the front curtain of his house was set alight minutes later, while firefighters were already on the street putting the first blaze out.
The teenager was arrested near King Street, Bayswater, on Sunday night, police said.
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