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Police investigating 'suspicious' blaze at Bondi home of comedian friendlyjordies
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Police are investigating a "suspicious" fire at the Sydney home of YouTube political commentator and comedian friendlyjordies on Wednesday morning.
Jordan Shanks-Markovina, better known by his online moniker, was not home at the time of the incident.
Police have revealed it was the second fire reported at the Bondi property in seven days.
Law firm Xenophon Davis, which represents Mr Shanks-Markovina, claimed his home was "firebombed".
In a statement, they said their client was "safe" and hoped police dedicate "every resource possible" to finding the culprit.
Mr Shanks-Markovina came to the scene at Wilga Street this afternoon where he chatted with police before briefly addressing the media.
He said his mind was "racing" over who was responsible, but claimed to have a "list" of suspects.
The comedian also raised grievances with his portrayal in the media.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene about 1:20am this morning, and found a verandah engulfed in flames.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze but the house and a neighbouring property suffered "significant damage".
"The house, while occupied, was vacant at the time of the fire," a NSW Police spokesperson said.
"Adjoining houses were cleared by police as a precaution and there were no reports of injuries.
"Police have established a crime scene and the fire area will be subject of an examination by specialist officers."
NSW Police say officers are investigating links to another fire at the same home last week, on November 17.
Mr Shanks-Markovina, who has amassed a large following on YouTube and social media, is known for his outspoken critique of politics and social issues.
He has also published journalistic investigations into public figures.
Last year, Mr Shanks-Markovina settled a defamation lawsuit with former NSW deputy premier John Barilaro in the Federal Court.
Police say anyone with information about the two fires should contact Crime Stoppers.
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